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Suzuka Circuit • Free Practice 3

Free Practice 3

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Thanks for joining us this morning for Saturday practice - since you made it for this, you may as well rejoin me in just two short hours as we find out who will occupy pole for tomorrow's race. See you then!


Everybody has finished their final lap and Alonso and Senna both impress with sector speeds but it is Webber top of the time sheet for FP3. The drivers will now get a chance to practice a grid launch for the final time.


The hour session is up and the flag goes up.


Webber on the other hand flies through a lap and goes top with 1'32.371. Team-mate Vettel takes second soon after .028 behind the Australian.


Button's chances of a fastest time are scuppered by traffic on the track despite the fastest middle sector thus far.


Cars armed with soft tyres beginning to avalanche from the garages and there could be a rapid rate of improved times in these final six minutes.


Raikkonen continues to cite issues with his Lotus as Button emerges with softs, as does Glock after those oil problems.


Vettel continues to make good times on hard tyres and is currently second on the board. Marussia are not having a good session with Glock and Pic rock bottom and the former struggling with a lack of oil pressure.


Di Resta moves from 16th all the way to third fastest on softs with a lap time of 1'33.299.


Schumacher has been the fastest by far on the final chicane thus far and, now with soft tyres, drives a 1'32.918 to go fastest on the list.


We have the all clear again with the car off the track, and Hamilton is set to rejoin for the latter stages after requesting tweaks to get his McLaren closer to how it was yesterday.


Yellow flags now as the Force India is cleared from the track.


Hulkenberg crashes at the second Degner curve as Grosjean runs wide in Spoon and messes up his rear tyres.


Raikkonen, yet to put a time on the board, is now reporting "odd" feelings from the front of his Lotus to HQ.


Just a drive through pits from Alonso, actually. He's back out on the circuit. Hulkenberg and Rosberg re-emerge. The latter is on the softs now.


Senna and de la Rosa head out now as Alonso heads back to pits. Massa continues to drive for the time being.


Raikkonen and Glock currently the only non-Ferraris out on the track.


And here come Massa and Alonso finishing their first timed lap. They're about a second off the pace - the former just under, the latter just over.


Vettel is building up a nice flow and moves top with a zip round the circuit in 1'33.215.


Kovalainen is called back to pits by Caterham due to overheating brakes while Vettel gets on the board with the sixth fastest time, 1'34.057.


Looks like Alonso and Massa are finally preparing to join us in their Ferraris as the session approaches halfway.


That doesn't last long as Hamilton and Button's first fast runs put them in first and second respectively, just like the end of FP1. Webber takes third shortly after.


Maldonado goes top of the shop with a lap timed at 1'33.999 in the Williams.


Webber reports a slight misfire which his engineers are now looking into while Kovalainen and Kobayashi flirt with the gravel.


Schumacher pits as Hamilton and Button enter the fray in their McLarens for their first runs of the sesh.


Track is now getting populated with Grosjean taking second fastest on his first run and Karthikeyan third fastest on his.


Schu now with a slow lap before going at it again and this time clocking 1'34.008 to move ahead of his stable mate in a two-car, all Mercedes timesheet.


Rosberg pits as Schumacher takes over as sole timed driver, but complains of oversteer to the team via radio after a lap of 1'49.562.


Could be a little while before many others strive to join Rosberg on the time sheet as telemetry data analysis continues.


Rosberg is the first to get a timed lap on the board at 1'43.486 before a second run improves it to 1'35.169.


First out is Raikkonen with his still double DRS-less Lotus. The other drivers soon flood the pits and begin installation laps.


The hour's practice is underway at Suzuka.


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