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05/12/12
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Vettel tops final practice for Spanish GP  
Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel topped the final practice session in Barcelona for Sunday's Spanish GP, with a best lap of 1m23.168s in his Red Bull-Renault.

Pastor Maldonado was a strong second for Williams Renault, ahead of Kumai Kobayashi in the Sauber, Mark Webber fourth in the 2nd Red Bull and Sergio Perez in fifth in the other Sauber.

Fernando Alonso finished the session in sixth for Ferrari, with Vergne seventh, Jensen Button eighth, Kimi Raikkonen ninth in the Lotus and Nico Rosberg rounded out the top 10 for Mercedes.

The rest were saving tires with Massa ended up 11th, Hamilton was 16th just ahead of Schumacher and Grosjean didn't get a time on the board after suffering a fuel pressure problem on his first run.

Lotus are tipped by many for success in Barcelona this weekend, although Romain Grosjean’s chances took a knock when he stopped in the opening minutes of final practice on Saturday morning. The Franco-Swiss, suffering a loss of fuel pressure, pulled off the circuit at the La Caixa hairpin behind the paddock complex.

“Maybe we’ll have another run but unfortunately I think it’s not good for this morning,” he told Sky Sports. “We’ll see what we can do. The engine stalled on the straight - we are looking at what is going on - and there is nothing we can do.

“It’s a shame to lose FP3, we haven’t been able to do what we wanted, but that’s how it is. We’ll try and do the best we can for later.”

On Friday, Grosjean finished sixth but was able to match the first and second sector times of pace-setting Jenson Button, despite carrying a suspected heavier fuel load.

Results

Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m23.168 +0.000s 13
2. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m23.336s +0.168 19
3. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m23.350s +0.182 19
4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m23.578s +0.410 16
5. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m23.742s +0.574 22
6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m23.807s +0.639 15
7. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m23.833s +0.665 14
8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m23.909s +0.741 13
9. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m23.936s +0.768 16
10. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.070s +0.902 23
11. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m24.179s +1.011 16
12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m24.323s +1.155 17
13. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m24.331s +1.163 15
14. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m24.409s +1.241 18
15. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m24.599s +1.431 15
16. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m24.778s +1.610 15
17. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m24.825s +1.657 17
18. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m25.911s +2.743 20
19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m26.587s +3.419 20
20. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m27.469s +4.301 18
21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m27.689s +4.521 16
22. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m28.207s +5.039 24
23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m28.373s +5.205 13
24. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault no time - 2

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