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Vettel avoids spills to stay quickest in third practice

The Germa looks poised to earn 'pole' after such a display of dominance in all three sessions. Hamilton and Alonso followed with the best times.
Saturday, September 22, 2012

SINGAPORE, Sept 22, 2012 (AFP) - Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel underlined his resurgent pace Saturday as he timed quickest in a crash-hit third and final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver, seeking to mount a late charge for his third successive title, clocked 1min 47.947sec at dusk around the glittering street circuit ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and championship leader Fernando Alonso.

Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber punctured a back tyre in a collision with the barriers, and Caterham's Russian driver Vitaly Petrov brought an early halt to the session when he also hit the side and span into the centre of the track.

Force India's Nico Hulkenberg was fourth quickest ahead of Lotus's former world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, Alonso's team-mate at Ferrari.

Paul di Resta, Nico Rosberg, Bruno Senna and Michael Schumacher completed the top 10.

With seven races to go, Alonso leads the standings ahead of Hamilton, who has won two of the last three races. Raikkonen is third and fourth-placed Vettel, the sport's youngest double world champion, trails the leader by 39 points.

The results for third practice session below:

Pos Driver Team Time Dif. Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull  1:47.947   15
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:48.272 0.325 15
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:48.623 0.676 11
4 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:48.859 0.912 16
5 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus 1:48.865 0.918 17
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:49.458 1.511 13
7 Paul di Resta Force India 1:49.684 1.737 15
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:49.699 1.752 16
9 Bruno Senna Williams 1:49.715 1.768 14
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:49.981 2.034 14
11 Mark Webber Red Bull  1:50.110 2.163 12
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1:50.524 2.577 10
13 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:50.664 2.717 16
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:50.777 2.830 15
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:50.840 2.893 15
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:51.012 3.065 15
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:51.059 3.112 17
18 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:51.272 3.325 10
19 Charles Pic Marussia 1:52.290 4.343 16
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:53.781 5.834 12
21 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:54.326 6.379 14
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1:54.421 6.474 14
23 Timo Glock Marussia 1:54.630 6.683 9
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 1:54.875 6.928 14

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