German GP - Saturday - Practice Session 3 Report
Alonso quickest; Hamilton strong
German GP qualifying promises to be another gripping affair with 1s covering the first 12 cars in final practice for the German GP, the halfway point in this year's F1 World Championship.
All but the final few minutes of the FP3 hour were run ona dry track and it was Fernando Alonso's Ferrari (1:16.014) which set the quickest time, on the soft compound Pirelli tyre.
Lewis Hamilton (1:16.091) looks strong in the heavily revised McLaren, just eight hundredths adrift on the medium compound 'prime' tyre, suggesting that McLaren's 150th pole position in what is Hamilton's 100th GP, is a very strong possibility.
Sergio Perez (1:16.202) continues to underline the effectiveness of the Sauber chassis, with Kimi Raikkonen (1:16.238) also strong in the Lotus. Mark Webber (1:16.447) and Sebastian Bettel (1:16.475) were evvenly matched in the Red Bull RB8s but the Australian will face a five place grid penalty for a changed gearbox.
Pastor Maldonado (1:16.664) and Bruno Senna (1:16.930) were seventh and ninth respectively with the Williams FW34, split by Felipe Massa's Ferrari (1:16.771) and Kamui Kobayashi's Sauber (1:16.807).
With heavy rain at the end of the session there is every chance of another mixed conditions qualifying hour, which could mix up the grid for what it is anticipated will be a fully dry race.