Brazilian Grand Prix: Robert Kubica tops final practice

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Robert Kubica was quickest for Renault on a damp track in final practice ahead of qualifying for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

With heavy rain battering Sao Paulo in the morning, all drivers began the session on extreme wet tyres with Williams’ Nico Hülkenberg the first to swap to intermediates as the standing water was washed away. He immediately went almost two seconds quicker than team-mate Rubens Barrichello

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel had dominated free practice on Friday, but the German could only manage second quickest, three tenths slower than the Pole.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was third quickest, a mere three-hundredths of a second slower than Vettel as the 2008 world champion tested two rear wings, as team-mate Jenson Button opted to run the low downforce set-up throughout the session to finish a lowly ninth, again complaining about the balance of his MP4-25.

Local favourite Felipe Massa was fourth quickest for Ferrari ahead of team-mate and championship leader Fernando Alonso after being jumped by Hamilton in the closing stages.

Vitaly Petrov was sixth quickest to round off an excellent session for Renault, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi who again looked confident in the difficult conditions. Nico Rosberg and Barrichello rounded out the top 10.

Title-chasing Mark Webber was only 11th quickest in his Red Bull, after completing just six laps and opting to spend the last 20 minutes of the session in the garage.

Jarno Trulli was again quickest of the new teams, 1.4 seconds slower than Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld and 1.2 seconds ahead of Timo Glock.

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