Prac Three: McLaren duo top the Mercs

Saturday 14th April 2012

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Prac Three: McLaren duo top the Mercs

Prac Three: McLaren duo top the Mercs

It was a battle of the Mercedes power in Shanghai on Saturday as Lewis Hamilton set the pace ahead of Jenson Button and the Merc duo.

Unlike Friday's action, the sun was out at the Shanghai circuit on Saturday as the weekend's final practice got underway with the track temperature sitting at 22'C.

The early running belonged to Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean with the Finn leading the way with a 1:37.276.

But as the heavy-hitters ventured out, they also made their way to the front of the pack.

Nico Rosberg had a turn at the top of the timesheets before he was overhauled by Mark Webber. The duo held onto first and sector until 20 minutes before the end.

That was when Michael Schumacher came to the fore. He posted a fastest first sector time only for Rosberg to go quickest in the second sector. Schumacher was again purple in the third and went purple overall with a 1:36.512. Moments later, Rosberg crossed the line 0.123s up on his team-mate.

Mercedes' run at the front came to an end in the final few minutes as Button went quickest with a 1:36.262 before lowering the benchmark. That, though, didn't stop his team-mate Hamilton from taking the P1 slot with a 1:35.960.

Practice Three concluded with Hamilton in front, ahead of Button and Rosberg while Paul di Resta had a late incident as he ran off the track after missing his braking point.

Vettel was P9 while Fernando Alonso, who spent a lot of time in the pits while his mechanics worked on his car, was P16.

Times
01 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:35.940 13 laps
02 Jenson Button McLaren 1:36.063 0.123 12 laps
03 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:36.389 0.449 16 laps
04 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:36.512 0.572 17 laps
05 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:36.635 0.695 16 laps
06 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:36.765 0.825 17 laps
07 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:36.781 0.841 19 laps
08 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:36.880 0.940 17 laps
09 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:37.039 1.099 15 laps
10 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:37.061 1.121 17 laps
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:37.237 1.297 16 laps
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:37.274 1.334 19 laps
13 Paul di Resta Force India 1:37.288 1.348 16 laps
14 Bruno Senna Williams 1:37.425 1.485 14 laps
15 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.465 1.525 12 laps
16 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:37.493 1.553 13 laps
17 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:37.628 1.688 14 laps
18 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:37.831 1.891 14 laps
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:38.701 2.761 19 laps
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:39.198 3.258 19 laps
21 Timo Glock Marussia 1:39.796 3.856 18 laps
22 Charles Pic Marussia 1:40.048 4.108 17 laps
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1:41.263 5.323 14 laps
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 1:41.499 5.559 18 laps

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