Webber leads shortened final practice
8 June 2013 – Mark Webber set the standard during a shortened third and final practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday morning. With track time limited to just 30 minutes after lengthy barrier repairs, the Red Bull driver delivered a best effort of 1:17.895 on a drying track to outpace Adrian Sutil by 0.353 seconds.
As had been the case on Friday, the drivers were greeted with a wet track surface ahead of third practice. To make the situation worse, a dislodged section of barrier at Turn 11 led to a delay of 30 minutes, with race control ultimately deciding to shorten the session to half an hour, as opposed to delaying the qualifying hour this afternoon.
When the action began, a selection of drivers opted for runs on the Intermediate rubber, while most of the front runners waited until the closing stages of the session to post times on slick rubber. Sergio Pérez was the first to make the call, heading out for a lap on a set of Mediums, before a frantic Super Soft phase was sparked.
Webber ultimately came out on top in this phase, going comfortably quicker than the rest of the field with his personal best time set after the chequered flag had fallen. Sutil kept Force India near the front of the timesheets with his late run, with Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton just under half a second further back in third position.
Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel were next up in fourth and fifth, just ahead of Nico Rosberg who is gunning for his fourth consecutive pole position later today. Paul di Resta bounced back from his Friday afternoon troubles to set the seventh fastest time, while Felipe Massa, Jenson Button and Kimi Räikkönen completed the top ten.
Marussia driver Max Chilton put his team ahead of Caterham this time out, posting a lap of 1:21.652 to outpace a selection of established runners, including the McLaren of Pérez, and finish almost one and a half seconds ahead of Giedo van der Garde.
Saturday afternoon’s all-important qualifying session in Montreal begins at 1pm local time (GMT -4) and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net live report feature