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DATE News (chronologically)
11/03/12
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Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton tops Practice 3
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton led a McLaren 1-2 in the third and final practice session for Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.  His teammate Jenson Button was second, but the star of the session was Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel sat in the garage while his mechanics worked on his brakes and it wasn't until the final five minutes of the session that he finally got on track.  Despite the handicap Vettel turned the third fastest time of the session less than 1/2 second back of Hamilton.

Mark Webber was 4th with Nico Hulkenberg rounding out the top5.

Vettel’s nearest championship challenger, Fernando Alonso, was back in 8th, his Ferrari still inferior to the Adrian Newey designed Red Bull of Vettel.

Results

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Behind Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m42.130s +0.000s 18
2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m42.420s +0.290s 17
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m42.614s +0.484s 7
4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m42.743s +0.613s 18
5. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m42.750s +0.620s 19
6. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m43.015s +0.885s 18
7. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m43.064s +0.934s 19
8. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m43.133s +1.003s 15
9. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m43.184s +1.054s 22
10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m43.338s +1.208s 19
11. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m43.480s +1.350s 17
12. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m43.571s +1.441s 20
13. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m43.593s +1.463s 20
14. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m43.635s +1.505s 19
15. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m44.010s +1.880s 22
16. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m44.025s +1.895s 18
17. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m44.071s +1.941s 19
18. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m44.149s +2.019s 19
19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m45.301s +3.171s 22
20. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m45.879s +3.749s 19
21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m46.036s +3.906s 19
22. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m46.261s +4.131s 22
23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m46.554s +4.424s 20
24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m47.032s +4.902s 22

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