Alonso quickest in final practice as rain holds off

© Ubaid Parkar, 7 July 2012
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The third and final practice session for the British Grand Prix was held under much better conditions as the rain which disrupted Friday’s running held back.

Fernando Alonso set the quickest time around the Silverstone circuit in the session ahead of qualifying on a track with plenty of damp patches and puddles from showers earlier in the day.

The two-time world champion, who won the preceding European GP, posted a time of 1 minute 32.167 seconds around a track which lacked adequate gap as several competitors - including the Ferrrari driver - had numerous off track moments.

"The team concentrated on preparations for qualifying, evaluating various front wings and comparing the hard and then soft compound tyres," Ferrari said in a statement.

McLaren’s Jenson Button was 0.153 seconds slower than Alonso and was second in the time sheets ahead of the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.

Sebastian Vettel was fourth in his Red Bull followed by Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton.

WilliamsPastor Maldonado registered the seventh fastest time and was ahead of the Sauber pair of Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi.

Nico Hulkenberg rounded up the top ten in his Force India within a second of the time posted by Alonso.

Mark Webber was down in 13th followed by Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher.

The Lotus drivers and Bruno Senna completed the most number of laps with 25 each while Charles Pic, who stopped twice on the circuit and forced a red flag for a few minutes, completed the least with 14.

Thousands of fans were forced to stay away from the central England circuit on Saturday after the downpours left many of the car parks on local fields unusable.


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