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Final practice - Webber tops truncated session in Montreal 08 Jun 2013

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 7 June 2013 The cars need to hit top speed in Montreal on Saturday but it's a grey and damp start to the day and Practice Three is delayed so repairs can be made to the barriers at Turn 11 With six minutes to go in Practice Three, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso ventures out on supersoft tyres as a dry line appears Charles Pic (FRA) Caterham CT03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 8 June 2013

Red Bull’s Mark Webber claimed the fastest time in the dying minutes of Saturday morning’s final practice session in Canada, edging out Force India’s Adrian Sutil by 0.353s.

The hour-long session was delayed half an hour after an accident in the preceding Ferrari 458 support race, and began in damp conditions which improved steadily to the point where there was a late rush on to slicks which triggered machine-gun-fire lap times in the last 10 minutes.

It was Webber who got the best out of the changing situation, with a lap in 1m 17.895s, with Sutil on 1m 18.248s. Lewis Hamilton’s weekend continued to go well as he was much happier with his Mercedes’ form under braking, and he took the third-fastest time in 1m 18.732s ahead of Friday afternoon pacesetter Fernando Alonso, who took his Ferrari round in 1m 18.977s.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel had been quickest with 1m 19.131s but it was a case of every succeeding lap being quicker as the track dried, so he slipped to fifth as others completed later runs. Nico Rosberg was sixth in the second Mercedes on 1m 19.457s, chased by Force India’s Paul di Resta, who had also been quickest at one point, on 1m 19.496s. Felipe Massa was eighth for Ferrari with 1m 19.750s, ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button on 1m 19.790s.

The Lotuses were only 10th and 11th and can be expected to go quicker in qualifying. Kimi Raikkonen lapped his E21 in 1m 20.316s to team mate Romain Grosjean’s 1m 20.596s. Pastor Maldonado went down the Turn Three escape road, but was 12th overall for Williams on 1m 21.035s, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo, who also had an off-course moment, on 1m 21.364s. Then came Max Chilton with an impressive 1m 21.652s for Marussia, ahead of the Sauber drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez, on 1m 22.021s and 1m 22.720s respectively.

Jean-Eric Vergne was 17th in the second Toro Rosso on 1m 23.058s, ahead of Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde on 1m 23.132s, a troubled Sergio Perez who didn’t beat 1m 23.309s for McLaren, Charles Pic in the second Caterham on 1m 23.620s, Williams’ Valtteri Bottas on 1m 24.314s and Marussia’s Jules Bianchi on 1m 26.195s.

Qualifying, which should be run in the dry, could produce a very different line-up.

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