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Suzuka Circuit • Free Practice 3

Free Practice 3

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Qualifying is coming up in just under two hours, so be sure to join us then for what could be an interesting session.


So, Mark Webber goes quickest in the final practice session, ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean.


Hamilton can't top the timesheets though and he goes second to Webber with a 1m32.187s.


Hamilton looks quick as the chequered flag comes out...


Poor Paul Di Resta: “Not going anywhere, there's no space.”


Hulkenberg's back in the fray, with Sauber now repaired and complete with a new floor. He goes eighth quickest.


But it's Webber who goes quickest late on this session, the Australian clocking a time of 1m32.053s.


Massa, on his medium rubbers, flies round to slot into fourth place.


There's a flurry of late activity on track as Alonso goes third, despite running wide at the hairpin.


It's KERS issues for Vettel, by the way.


With Vettel sitting out the rest of this session, it means he won't be able to do an option tyre qualifying simulation run.


Only time will tell what this means for Vettel, but it should make for a more interesting qualifying session.


Grosjean goes off-track again, this time at Turn 1 before get himself back on the line in the run-off.


It doesn't look like Vettel will appear again this session. He's changed into a pair of jeans and his Red Bull car is up on stands in the garage.


Ricciardo on team radio: “Car is too responsive initially, the front is too strong, then it washes out when I lean on the tyre, which is killing it.”


A relative calm falls over the track as hard tyre runs come to an end.


Hulkenberg's Sauber team are battling to get his car back out on track before the end of the session.


Marshals have removed Sutil's car efficiently and Curve is clear once more.


Van der Garde on team radio: “Turn 11 and 16 entry, I’m getting oversteer.”


Yellow flags are still out at Spoon as a tractor removes Sutil's car from the track.


Sutil's Force India touches the barriers on exiting from Spoon Curve and there's debris everywhere. His car sustains damage mostly to the front and rear wings.


Alonso finally lays down a time. He's a second off Webber's best time though and he slots into ninth.


Hamilton explains his blip on team radio: “The track is completely different today. So much grip.”


Hamilton on team radio: “Check over the car. Ran a bit wide.” He did indeed, exiting Degner, where he kicked up a load of dirt.


Time for Grosjean to get in on the act in top spot, the Lotus man clocking 1m32.707s.


Raikkonen now breaks up the Red Bull party in the top two spots. He slots in behind Webber, pushing Vettel down a place.


Pic on team radio: “Balance is better than yesterday, especially through sector one. Struggling for traction.”


Massa finally records a time and the Ferrari man goes 11th. Team-mate Alonso is out now and we can expect something from him soon.


So, Webber is still out in front, followed by Vettel, Grosjean, Rosberg, Raikkonen and Ricciardo.


Hulkenberg on team radio: “I think we have a problem with the exhaust, engine sounds quite strange, feels like it’s broken.”


Despite that Vettel goes on to clock 1m33.036s and move into second.


Vettel suffers from a lock-up at the hairpin bend and tells team radio: "Locked up the front left, just a little flatspot. Obviously it’s not great.”


Hamilton slots into eighth place after a 1m34.025s.


Sutil on team radio: “High-speed (balance) improved a lot but the braking is really bad, a lot of rear locking. It’s really unstable.”


Rosberg and Vettel jockey for third place, with the Red Bull ace laying down a time of 1m33.327s to push down the Mercedes man.


Here goes Mark Webber, and the Red Bull man clocks 1m32.722s to go top of the provisional standings.


Rosberg sets his first time of the day - a 1m33.651s - to slot into third in the current pecking order.


But Raikkonen is soon pushed down the order as team-mate Grosjean gets it right to post a time of 1m33.232s.


Raikkonen keeps improving, this time the Lotus man lays down a timed lap of 1m33.637s.


Di Resta moves into third as Rosberg heads out to set a time.


Grosjean hasn't quite worked out the final chicane today as he again misses the apex. He's still two seconds off Raikkonen's time.


Raikkonen lays down a new benchmark time of 1m33.741s.


Grosjean has a moment at the Casio Triangle and takes a detour across the astroturf.


Raikkonen has the honour of setting the first lap time today - it's a 1m40.877s from the Lotus man.


Bianchi reports that everything is OK when asked over team radio how the car is.


Vettel, Raikkonen and Grosjean are also out on track now.


That star Marussia talk about is a very visible white star on one of the team's cars.


Marussia: "Good morning from Suzuka where we are carrying Maria's star as a tribute to our much-loved team-mate."


Massa and Alonso head out before fellow big hitters Rosberg and Webber also hit the track for an installation lap.


Gutierrez and Bianchi lead out first, and they are soon followed by Maldonado - yesterday's misfortune specialist - and Ricciardo.


Here we go then! We are green and final practice is under way!


Track temperature is 35 degrees today and again there's no rain expected on another clear day at Suzuka.


Caterham: "The first thing to note is the drop in temperatures on track. We're looking at 24c air temp and 36c for FP3. There's a much stronger wind today as well, keeping the whole place cooler than the last few days which, frankly, have been sweltering."


A Spanish flag has been hung over the barriers at the entrance to the circuit, with 'Maria De Villota, Rest in Peace' written on it.


But of course the big story in F1 today is the tragic news that former test driver Maria de Villota has died. Terrible, terrible news.


Lewis Hamilton paced the opening session yesterday before Sebastian Vettel assumed his customary position at the top of the timesheets during the second run-out.


This is the final chance for teams to make adjustments ahead of qualifying. It's a 60-minute session, so plenty of action is expected.


Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the third and final free practice session ahead of qualification for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.