F1 Canada FP3: Hamilton Quickest In Boring Session

What Happens When Damp Doesn’t Equal Entertaining

11:37am EST — Lewis Hamilton was fastest in a session marked by the most boring half hour of F1 practice, as no one ran more than an installation lap for the first thirty minutes or so.  Mark Webber posted the second fastest time, nearly three tenths off the McLaren’s pace in the final session before qualifying.  Fernando Alonso continued the Ferrari’s bettered pace as third fastest with Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel rounding out the fastest five.  Jenson Button was eighth while Felipe Massa ended the session twelfth fastest.  Schumacher’s Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg spent much of the session in the garage with a clutch problem and only managed eighteenth in the final moments of the session.

It was Virgin Racing who blinked first to send Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi out on the slightly damp Montreal circuit for more than an installation lap.  Thirty-five minutes into the session and more than just the VR and Toro Rosso cars began setting times.  Soon enough, Hamilton, Button, and Alonso were at the top of the timesheets.  Vettel and Webber added Red Bull to the runners as times dropped even below those set during the second practice session on Friday.  With just over five minutes left, the seven fastest drivers were all in the 1:16s range, with Hamilton leading Vettel, Alonso, Webber, and Button as the top five.  Massa, who was eighth fastest and then dropped to ninth, scraped along the wall and had to come in for a check, but Ferrari said, “Felipe’s car looks bascially ok.” Rosberg had yet to set a time with less than a minute left, due to “a clutch problem,” according to Mercedes GP.  Similarly, Chandhok set no time for the session.  di Grassi ended the session with a crash on the final corner, prompting this response from the Virgin Racing team, “Ok lads. Left rear corner. Probably a floor too. Let’s get everything ready to fix it.”

Final Times for FP3:

Driver Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton 1:16.058 15
2. Mark Webber 1:16.340 +.282 16
3. Fernando Alonso 1:16.495 +.437 19
4. Michael Schumacher 1:16.536 +.478 15
5. Sebastian Vettel 1:16.582 +.524 16
6. Robert Kubica 1:16.653 +.595 18
7. Adrian Sutil 1:16.673 +.615 15
8. Jenson Button 1:16.699 +.641 16
9. Tonio Liuzzi 1:16.814 +.756 15
10. Vitaly Petrov 1:16.982 +.924 18
11. Nico Hulkenberg 1:17.121 +1.063 16
12. Felipe Massa 1:17.231 +1.173 16
13. Jaime Alguersuari 1:17.331 +1.273 22
14. Kamui Kobayashi 1:17.548 +1.490 20
15. Pedro de la Rosa 1:17.609 +1.551 16
16. Sebastien Buemi 1:17.633 +1.575 21
17. Ruben Barrichello 1:17.789 +1.731 18
18. Nico Rosberg 1:17.013 +1.921 4
19. Jarno Trulli 1:19.447 +2.955 15
20. Heikki Kovalainen 1:19.536 +3.389 16
21. Tiimo Glock 1:19.844 +3.478 22
22. Lucas di Grassi 1:19.325 +3.786 20
23. Bruno Senna 1:20. +4.267 18
24. Karun Chandhok n/a n/a 1

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