Melbourne practice three

The final practice session showed the typical shootout for qualifying practice, but Vettel was much faster than anyone else with a 1:24.507. Timo Glock made it within the 107%, which is good news for Virgin, though Jerome was just outside it. Lotus struggled to get heat into their tyres, losing an estimated 2s that would put them up with the rest of the drivers.
It was also a good session for Renault, who showed their hand with the fifth and ninth-fastest times. Williams struggled, with Maldonado only doing half the session and Barrichello stuck behind the Force Indias. For Sauber, while Perez had problems Kobayashi was seventh-fastest and only three tenths behind Alonso. HRT managed their first timed lap from Narain Karthikeyan, though they would have been better off if Liuzzi hadn’t stalled his car right at the start of the session.
The most amusing moment was Massa losing his camera. The yellow (in his case) box usually sits on top of the car, but came off. Drivers have to have the FOM-supplied camera on the car, but Ferrari managed to get permission for him to run without it. That didn’t stop the two Toro Rossos from matching his time. Red Bull might have had the fastest time, but I suspect the Ferraris are holding back, since they have been matching the Red Bulls normally.
Up next: qualifying! My bet is on Vettel, then Webber, with Alonso third and then the McLarens. After that – no clue.


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