FP3: Alonso enjoys drier track to go quickest


Ferrari
7 July 2012 by Ryan Wood | M
          

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso topped the final practice session prior to qualifying for the British Grand Prix on Saturday.

The drivers and teams will be thanking the heavens for the drier conditions which finally allowed them to gather valuable data on the soft and hard tyre following Friday's washout.

Alonso's quickest lap, a 1:32.167, put him a tenth and a half ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button and FP1 leader Romain Grosjean - though the former used soft tyres whilst the latter pair were on the harder compound.

The remaining damp sections caught a few drivers out, including Kamui Kobayashi who span his Sauber, but fared better than his team-mate Sergio Perez who ran wide across the bumpy grass, losing his front-wing.

The session saw a single red flag caused by Marussia's Charles Pic who stopped with a fuel pressure issue but later recovered to the pits, only to stop on track a second time.

2012 British GP FP3 Results:

#DriverTeamTimeGapLaps 
01. F. Alonso Ferrari 1:32.167   21
02. J. Button McLaren 1:32.320 +0.153 20
03. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:32.358 +0.191 25
04. S. Vettel Red Bull 1:32.420 +0.253 21
05. K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:32.454 +0.287 25
06. L. Hamilton McLaren 1:32.477 +0.310 20
07. P. Maldonado Williams 1:32.622 +0.455 21
08. S. Perez Sauber 1:32.940 +0.773 19
09. K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:33.046 +0.879 20
10. N. Hulkenberg Force India 1:33.150 +0.983 19
11. B. Senna Williams 1:33.267 +1.100 25
12. P. di Resta Force India 1:33.367 +1.200 20
13. M. Webber Red Bull 1:33.398 +1.231 24
14. M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:33.462 +1.295 24
15. J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:33.673 +1.506 22
16. F. Massa Ferrari 1:33.674 +1.507 21
17. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:33.707 +1.540 21
18. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.733 +1.566 15
19. H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:34.298 +2.131 18
20. V. Petrov Caterham 1:34.781 +2.614 20
21. T. Glock Marussia 1:36.605 +4.438 18
22. C. Pic Marussia 1:37.060 +4.893 14
23. N. Karthikeyan HRT 1:37.269 +5.102 23
24. P. de la Rosa HRT 1:37.429 +5.262 17

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