Canadian GP: Mark Webber tops shortened, drying final practice

Mark Webber grabbed the fastest time in a crazy final Montreal Formula 1 practice, as barrier damage halved the session and the track dried with moments remaining

Canadian GP: Mark Webber tops shortened, drying final practice

Half the session was lost to barrier repairs, required following a heavy crash at Turn 11 in a Ferrari support race.

With Formula 1 regulations stipulating a minimum two-hour gap between practice and qualifying, and television schedules precluding a delayed start to qualifying, the morning session had to be truncated.

Adding to that frustration were the fluctuating track conditions. Although the wait meant some of the moisture from earlier rain had gone, the circuit was still too treacherous for slicks when practice finally got underway.

Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez emerged quickest of the 14 drivers who went out on wet or intermediate rubber, but many preferred to sit it out until there was a dry line.

That was not the case until the closing moments, which effectively turned the session into a single-lap shootout with all 22 drivers out at once dodging through traffic on slicks.

The top spot changed hands a head-spinning 11 times in three minutes, as quicker times were set with every moment on the ever-improving track.

It was Webber who finally emerged on top for Red Bull, 0.353 seconds faster than Adrian Sutil's Force India.

Friday pacesetter Fernando Alonso was back in fourth in the top Ferrari, between Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.

Inevitably the chaos offered an opportunity for an underdog surprise, and Max Chilton provided one as he put his Marussia 14th.

Despite the congestion on the circuit and the slippery surface, the only minor incidents were spins for Pastor Maldonado and Daniel Ricciardo.


Pos Driver               Team                  Time       Gap        Laps
 1. Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m17.895s             7
 2. Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m18.248s  + 0.353s   8
 3. Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m18.732s  + 0.837s   7
 4. Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m18.977s  + 1.082s  10
 5. Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m19.131s  + 1.236s   6
 6. Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m19.457s  + 1.562s   7
 7. Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m19.496s  + 1.601s   6
 8. Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m19.750s  + 1.855s   9
 9. Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m19.790s  + 1.895s   9
10. Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m20.316s  + 2.421s   8
11. Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m20.596s  + 2.701s   9
12. Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m21.035s  + 3.140s  12
13. Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m21.364s  + 3.469s   7
14. Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m21.652s  + 3.757s   9
15. Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m22.021s  + 4.126s  14
16. Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m22.720s  + 4.825s  15
17. Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m23.058s  + 5.163s   7
18. Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m23.132s  + 5.237s  14
19. Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m23.309s  + 5.414s   8
20. Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m23.620s  + 5.725s  12
21. Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m24.317s  + 6.422s  12
22. Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m26.195s  + 8.300s   9

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