Singapore GP: Hamilton over Vettel in practice 3

Lewis Hamilton topped final practice in Singapore with a time of 1:47.632. Sebastian Vettel took second for Red Bull (0.227s behind), with Nico Rosberg's Williams third and Heikki Kovalainen making it two McLarens in the top four.

Lewis Hamilton hit out at the state of the Singapore street circuit on Saturday, after struggling for pace in Friday's practice sessions.

The Briton emerged on track for the final session before qualifying with a brand new McLaren chassis, his crew having discovered a problem overnight.

"It's such a bumpy track and the ride on our car was quite poor," said the reigning world champion. "It's shaking so much. The car is bumping and bouncing and sliding."

It was said that Singapore organizers had worked to smooth some of the worst bumps on the track since last year's inaugural event, but Hamilton charged: "It's still very bad. I don't really think it's changed at all to be honest."

It is believed the issues were discussed at length in the drivers' briefing.

Hamilton said the changes to the turn 10 chicane have actually made the circuit less safe.

"Now it's big, fat curbs and there's no runoff, so it's very dangerous," said Hamilton.

"I am sure the GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers Association), at the end of this week, we will have comments on the circuit that will hopefully aid the FIA in improving it next year," he added.

Results

Pos

Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:47.632 +0.000 15
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:47.909 +0.277 17
3. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:48.332 +0.700 18
4. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:48.420 +0.788 14
5. Kubica BMW Sauber 1:48.501 +0.869 16
6. Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:48.526 +0.894 13
7. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:48.551 +0.919 16
8. Glock Toyota 1:48.673 +1.041 17
9. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:48.754 +1.122 17
10. Trulli Toyota 1:48.757 +1.125 12
11. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:48.831 +1.199 17
12. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:48.864 +1.232 16
13. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:48.876 +1.244 15
14. Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:48.921 +1.289 17
15. Alonso Renault 1:49.032 +1.400 15
16. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:49.055 +1.423 16
17. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:49.122 +1.490 17
18. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:49.399 +1.767 17
19. Grosjean Renault 1:49.641 +2.009 16
20. Fisichella Ferrari 1:50.039 +2.407 21

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