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Hamilton tops final Malaysian practice

The Englishman outpace Red Bull's Mark Webber by two-tenths of a second, ahead of qualifying later on the steamy Sepang circuit.
Saturday, April 9, 2011

SEPANG, Malaysia, April 9, 2011 (AFP) - Former world champion Lewis Hamilton topped the times for McLaren in third and final practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Englishman clocked a fastest lap of one minute and 36.340 seconds to outpace Red Bull's Mark Webber by two-tenths of a second, ahead of qualifying later on the steamy Sepang circuit.

Webber had been quickest in both of Friday's sessions as he erased memories of his disappointing weekend at his home Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago. Hamilton's McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, the 2009 champion, was third fastest ahead of Germans Nick Heidfeld in a Renault and glitch-plagued reigning champion Sebastian Vettel in the other Red Bull.

Vettel concentrated on race preparation, but has a problem with his moveable rear wing and also lost a television camera that was attached to his car.

Two-time champion Fernando Alonso was sixth fastest for Ferrari, after struggling for pace during most of the session.
Russian Vitaly Petrov, who finished a remarkable third for Renault in Melbourne, was seventh ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari and Japan's Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber.

Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher of Germany, now 42, was 10th for Mercedes ahead of his team-mate compatriot Nico Rosberg.

The session was run in hot and humid conditions with the air temperature rising to 34 degrees Celsius and the track temperature touching 40 degrees. Higher temperatures were forecast for the qualifying laps to be held on Saturday afternoon, ahead of Sunday's race. 

Here are the results:

PRACTICE #3
Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.340   11
2 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:36.630 0.290 16
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.762 0.422 14
4 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:37.115 0.775 17
5 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:37.175 0.835 14
6 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.284 0.944 11
7 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:37.297 0.957 17
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:37.762 1.422 12
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.059 1.719 18
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:38.300 1.960 20
11 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.307 1.967 20
12 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.448 2.108 17
13 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:38.464 2.124 16
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:38.597 2.257 15
15 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:38.665 2.325 14
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:38.681 2.341 16
17 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:38.716 2.376 14
18 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:38.864 2.524 13
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:39.260 2.920 19
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:39.699 3.359 15
21 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:41.215 4.875 17
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:41.414 5.074 18
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:43.147 6.807 6
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:43.383 7.043 11

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