Button on top in final Valencia practice
23 June 2012 – Putting his car setup worries behind him, Jenson Button topped the timesheets in final practice for the European Grand Prix. On another hot morning in Valencia, the McLaren driver led the way from Romain Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen as Sebastian Vettel also demonstrated pace for pole. One second covered the first 14 cars.
Pastor Maldonado and Williams led the way as the first half-hour came to an end, with Fernando Alonso having returned to the Ferrari garage as a possible problem was checked. Back on-track, fellow Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa continued his energetic weekend in the form of a high-speed spin at the final corner.
Button, who had started this weekend with Lewis Hamilton’s setup, drove with confidence to his lap time of 1:38.562, although all of the top ten are jammed together. Force India verified Vijay Mallya’s pre-weekend optimism with a double top five result as Sergio Pérez finished sixth for Sauber. Mark Webber’s session ended in 19th place as the Australian – like Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Vitaly Petrov - did not use the Soft tyre.
Qualifying for the 2012 European Grand Prix begins at 2pm local time (BST +1) and can also be followed through the interactive GPUpdate.net Live Report