Webber tops final practice session in Brazil

By on Saturday, November 23, 2013
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Mark Webber topped the final practice session of his Formula 1 career in Brazil as he went fastest in wet conditions in Brazil.

Wet weather continued to plague Interlagos, meaning that teams and drivers preserved wet tyres throughout the opening half of the session. Only Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez set a competitive time during the first 30 minutes of the final practice session of the season.

As conditions improved with 25 minutes remaining, several drivers opted to venture out onto the circuit. Lewis Hamilton took top spot from Gutierrez until the track dried sufficiently for Intermediates to be trialled by Webber with 10 minutes left of the session.

He promptly lowered the benchmark by half a second in his Red Bull RB9 on his first flying lap, before improving his time by a further second and a half on his second attempt.

The remainder of the drivers soon followed, with Valtteri Bottas and Heikki Kovalainen both enjoying spells in second position, before being bested by Romain Grosjean.

Nico Hulkenberg was fifth for Sauber, while Jean-Eric Vergne in sixth.

Gutierrez ended the session in seventh place, with Pastor Maldonado, Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil rounded out the top 10.

Hamilton was 11th for Mercedes, ahead of Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo.

Neither Ferrari driver set a competitive time while Sebastian Vettel only set a time on wet tyres and ended the session down in 17th place.

Friday pace setter Nico Rosberg opted not to set a time, as did 2012 race winner Jenson Button.


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