Webber tops washed out final practice in Interlagos

Mark Webber topped a rain soaked final practice session on Saturday morning ahead of what is set to be a wet qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil - Practice

Webber’s time of 1:27.891, set on the intermediate tyres during the closing stages of the hour long session proved to be enough to secure him the top spot in the final free practice appearance of his career, ahead of Romain Grosjean and Heikki Kovalainen in the two Lotus E21’s.

Interlagos was showered with heavy rain as the green light signalled the start of the third and final free practice session of the weekend in Brazil, which coupled with the severely limited number of wet tyres available restricted running to a minimum.

Esteban Gutierrez topped the first 30 minutes of the rain soaked session as the only man to complete a flying lap when the track was at its very wettest, before Sebastian Vettel and then Lewis Hamilton seized the top spot from the Mexican.

Mark Webber, competing in the final race weekend of his career, was the first man to bolt on a set of the green side walled intermediate Pirelli tyres, quickly going fastest of all with a lap of 1:29.493, which he soon improved to a 1:27.891, a time that would not be beaten for the remainder of the session.

Romain Grosjean secured second, some three tenths shy of the Red Bull man, but was himself four tenths ahead of his Lotus team-mate Heikki Kovalainen.

Valteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg impressed for Williams and Sauber with fourth and fifth fastest respectively, while Jean-Eric Vergne once again showed his wet weather prowess with sixth overall for Toro Rosso, ahead of Esteban Gutierrez, who completed 21 laps on his way to seveth.

Pastor Maldonado was eight in the second Williams, as Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil rounded out the top 10 for Force India.

Sebastian Vettel ended the session 17th fastest, having completed just four laps, while Nico Rosberg, who was fastest in both sessions on Friday, joined Jenson Button and the two Ferrari’s of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in not setting a time during the hour long practice.

Image courtesy of Infiniti Red Bull Racing

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