Hamilton tops final Sepang practice

Lewis Hamilton was quickest in final practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, as the McLaren driver edged out the Red Bull of Friday pacesetter Mark Webber

Hamilton tops final Sepang practice

Hamilton set his best time of 1m36.360s with four minutes to go, during the traditional late scramble on soft tyres.

Webber was 0.290 seconds slower when he completed his qualifying-style run a few minutes later, so had to settle for second, while his world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel was only fifth, having been in the thick of traffic on his final flying lap. Jenson Button was third in the second McLaren.

Vettel had ended up on top during the 'race preparation' part of the session before drivers switched to the soft tyres in the final 10 minutes, the Red Bull getting down to a 1m38.016s. The champion had earlier complained that his DRS wing did not feel like it was working correctly, so pitted for the problem to be investigated, and then lost his on-board camera on his last run.

Renault had a strong session, showing no ill effects from the time lost to yesterday's suspension failures as Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov took fourth and seventh.

Fernando Alonso had a spell on top for Ferrari after being one of the first to try soft tyres, but by the end he was down to sixth, two places ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa.

Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) was ninth, followed by the two Mercedes.

At the rear of the field, both Hispanias were again outside the 107 per cent qualifying margin based on practice pace, with Tonio Liuzzi - who only made it out for the final 11 minutes - a tenth of a second away from making the theoretical cut and Narain Karthikeyan a further 0.236s slower.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.340s 11 2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m36.630s + 0.290s 16 3. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.762s + 0.422s 14 4. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m37.115s + 0.775s 17 5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m37.175s + 0.835s 14 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m37.284s + 0.944s 11 7. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m37.297s + 0.957s 17 8. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m37.762s + 1.422s 12 9. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.059s + 1.719s 18 10. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m38.300s + 1.960s 20 11. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.307s + 1.967s 20 12. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.448s + 2.108s 17 13. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m38.464s + 2.124s 16 14. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m38.597s + 2.257s 15 15. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.665s + 2.325s 14 16. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m38.681s + 2.341s 16 17. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.716s + 2.376s 14 18. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m38.864s + 2.524s 13 19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m39.260s + 2.920s 19 20. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m39.699s + 3.359s 15 21. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m41.215s + 4.875s 17 22. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m41.414s + 5.074s 18 23. Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m43.147s + 6.807s 6 24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m43.383s + 7.043s 11 All timing unofficial 
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