Vettel fastest in final practice session
Vettel back on pace in final practice after Friday's early crashMichael 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.
Michael Schumacher showed a strong performance in P3Vettel 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
1Sebastian VettelGermanRed Bull1:26.03717
3Mark WebberAustralianRed Bull1:26.404+0.36716
7Vitaly PetrovRussianLotus Renault1:26.755+0.71820
10Sebastien BuemiSwissToro Rosso1:27.080+1.04316
13Adrian SutilGermanForce India1:27.318+1.28119
14Nick HeidfeldGermanLotus Renault1:27.379+1.34217
16Paul di RestaScottishForce India1:27.644+1.60718
17Jaime AlguersuariSpanishToro Rosso1:27.724+1.68715
19Heikki KovalainenFinnishTeam Lotus1:28.911+2.87415
20Jarno TrulliItalianTeam Lotus1:29.697+3.66017
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