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Istanbul - Practice 3

By Franz Burgmann

Vettel fastest in final practice session


Istanbul - Practice 3

Vettel back on pace in final practice after Friday's early crash

Michael Schumacher came very close to topping the time sheets for the first time in his second career, but this was denied by fellow German Sebastian Vettel by the smallest imaginable gap of just one thousendth of a second.
Even though Sebastian Vettel only completed four laps on Friday, his time of 1:26.037 in Saturday's final practice session has been the fastest time in Istanbul on this weekend. If the current world champion had not been held up by traffic at the end of his fastest lap, he could have gone a few tenths faster.

Istanbul - Practice 3

Michael Schumacher showed a strong performance in P3

Vettel goes into qualifying as the hot favourite for pole position. Mercedes clearly seem to have the pace to fight McLaren and possibly Webber for the first two rows on the grid. Ferrari still are not capable of delivering the single lap speed needed to compete at the front and are to be considered the fourth force for the Turkish Grand Prix.
Hispania in general and Narian Karthikeyan in particular might find it difficult to be within the 107 percent limit in qualifying, which in practice 3 would have been a time of 1:32.059. Taken into account that Vettel's fastest lap was compromised by traffic, Narain Karthikeyan, would not have been within this theoretical limit. What could play into Hispania's hands, though, is the fact that the top teams usually use the slower option tyre in Q1.

Practice 3 - final results

Pos.DriverNat.TeamTimeGapLaps

1Sebastian VettelGermanRed Bull1:26.03717

2Michael SchumacherGermanMercedes1:26.038+0.00117

3Mark WebberAustralianRed Bull1:26.404+0.36716

4Nico RosbergGermanMercedes1:26.420+0.38319

5Jenson ButtonBritishMcLaren1:26.578+0.54117

6Lewis HamiltonBritishMcLaren1:26.726+0.68914

7Vitaly PetrovRussianLotus Renault1:26.755+0.71820

8Fernando AlonsoSpanishFerrari1:26.819+0.78212

9Felipe MassaBrazilianFerrari1:26.883+0.84612

10Sebastien BuemiSwissToro Rosso1:27.080+1.04316

11Sergio PerezMexicanSauber1:27.121+1.08420

12Pastor MaldonadoVenezuelanWilliams1:27.255+1.21818

13Adrian SutilGermanForce India1:27.318+1.28119

14Nick HeidfeldGermanLotus Renault1:27.379+1.34217

15Rubens BarrichelloBrazilianWilliams1:27.528+1.49119

16Paul di RestaScottishForce India1:27.644+1.60718

17Jaime AlguersuariSpanishToro Rosso1:27.724+1.68715

18Kamui KobayashiJapaneseSauber1:27.976+1.93919

19Heikki KovalainenFinnishTeam Lotus1:28.911+2.87415

20Jarno TrulliItalianTeam Lotus1:29.697+3.66017

21Jerome D'AmbrosioBelgianVirgin1:31.097+5.06025

22Timo GlockGermanVirgin1:31.175+5.13819

23Vitantonio LiuzziItalianHispania1:31.375+5.33819

24Narain KarthikeyanIndianHispania1:32.009+5.97215


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