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Spanish GP 2010

MAY 8, 2010

Practice 3 Report - Red Bull still on top

Sebastian Vettel, Spanish GP 2010
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Red Bull Racing dominated the final free practice session ahead of qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel (1:20.528) and Mark Webber (1:21.232) underlining the team's Friday form with another formidable showing.

Ominously for Red Bull's opposition, Adrian Newey's RB6 appeared to be as quick on the harder Bridgestone prime tyre as they were on the softer option. When Vettel bolted on a set of options for his final run, he went clear of Lewis Hamilton's McLaren (1:21.348) by 0.82s. Mark Webber, who had topped most of the session did not set a representative soft tyre time because, although he set a sector one best, he was forced to abort the lap when Adrian Sutil pulled off and brought out a yellow further round the lap.

Jenson Button, who said after Friday practice that the Red Bulls looked 'untouchable,' was fourth quickest (1:21.376), just three hundredths down on Hamilton. Michael Schumacher continued to look stronger with fifth best time in the first Mercedes (1:21.583), while Felipe Massa (1:21.749) was quicker of the two Ferraris.

Nico Rosberg (1:22.013) continued to lap around four tenths adrift of Schumacher's pace and was marginally quicker than home hero Fernando Alonso (1:22.091). Robert Kubica's Renault (1:22.242) and Adrian Sutil's Force India (1:22.377) completed the top 10.