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03/28/09
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Head cautious after Williams clean-sweep  (GMM)  Nico Rosberg on Saturday completed a clean-sweep of heading the practice timesheets at Albert Park, but Williams' Patrick Head remains cautious as Melbourne braces for the decisive qualifying session.

German Rosberg, 23, was three thousandths quicker than Toyota's Jarno Trulli in third and final practice in Australia, having also headed Friday's two 90 minute sessions.

"No complaints," engineering boss Head said, "it's better to be at the sharp end than the blunt end, but it's going to be very tight in qualifying.

"Very tight," he emphasized, with the other FW31 driven by Kazuki Nakajima fifth.

Like Toyota, the other 'clever diffuser' team Brawn has also been consistently quick this weekend, and early on Saturday Jenson Button was also close to the pace.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa was also up there, although teammate Kimi Raikkonen brought up the rear following an hydraulic failure.

Like Head, Brawn boss Ross Brawn was keeping his expectations for qualifying in check.

"You never know what fuel loads everyone is running, so the reality check is still to come later this afternoon.

"I'm holding back until we see what happens," he added.

Lewis Hamilton - criticized for some in the paddock on Saturday for skipping the grand prix ball on his debut as world champion - continued to struggle in practice, mid-pack and again slower than his McLaren teammate.

Sebastian Vettel has also had a scruffy opening weekend for Red Bull Racing, and on Saturday the Renaults were among the slowest cars on the track.

Practice 3 Times

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:25.808 + 0.000 21
2. Trulli Toyota 1:25.811 + 0.003 19
3. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:25.981 + 0.173 20
4. Massa Ferrari 1:26.020 + 0.212 17
5. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:26.078 + 0.270 18
6. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:26.348 + 0.540 19
7. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:26.355 + 0.547 16
8. Glock Toyota 1:26.410 + 0.602 25
9. Kubica BMW Sauber 1:26.514 + 0.706 18
10. Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:26.555 + 0.747 19
11. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.652 + 0.844 13
12. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.714 + 0.906 18
13. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:27.009 + 1.201 12
14. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:27.062 + 1.254 12
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:27.152 + 1.344 16
16. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:27.192 + 1.384 17
17. Alonso Renault 1:27.357 + 1.549 18
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:27.492 + 1.684 20
19. Piquet Renault 1:27.739 + 1.931 22
20. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:28.801 + 2.993 5

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