FP3: Vettel pips Alonso in final practice


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9 June 2012 by Ryan Wood | M
          

Sebastian Vettel narrowly pipped Fernando Alonso to take the top spot for final practice ahead of qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver put in a late lap to secure the lead by just six thousandths, whilst Alonso managed to jump practice one and two leader Lewis Hamilton by a further two tenths.

The second Red Bull of Mark Webber led Pastor Maldonado who completed the top five fastest cars.

Qualifying is lining up to be a close battle with a just over a second covering P1 to Daniel Ricciardo in P16. 

The Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne only completed three laps after hitting the tyre barrier at turn one. 

A few laps earlier Nico Rosberg stopped on circuit at turn seven after reporting an issue with his clutch.

2012 Canadian GP FP3 Results:

#DriverTeamTimeGapLaps 
01. S. Vettel Red Bull 1:14.442   22
02. F. Alonso Ferrari 1:14.448 +0.006 17
03. L. Hamilton McLaren 1:14.712 +0.270 19
04. M. Webber Red Bull 1:14.724 +0.282 21
05. P. Maldonado Williams 1:14.755 +0.313 22
06. F. Massa Ferrari 1:14.767 +0.325 21
07. M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:14.796 +0.354 19
08. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:14.873 +0.431 20
09. K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:14.977 +0.535 21
10. N. Hulkenberg Force India 1:14.992 +0.550 22
11. P. di Resta Force India 1:15.067 +0.625 19
12. S. Perez Sauber 1:15.112 +0.670 21
13. K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:15.126 +0.684 24
14. B. Senna Williams 1:15.237 +0.795 22
15. J. Button McLaren 1:15.327 +0.885 22
16. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:15.498 +1.056 19
17. V. Petrov Caterham 1:16.268 +1.826 24
18. H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:16.545 +2.103 20
19. P. de la Rosa HRT 1:17.705 +3.263 21
20. T. Glock Marussia 1:17.974 +3.532 23
21. N. Karthikeyan HRT 1:18.189 +3.747 21
22. C. Pic Marussia 1:18.684 +4.242 23
23. J. Vergne Toro Rosso     3
24. N. Rosberg Mercedes     1

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