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Hamilton fastest in pre-qualifying practice
Posted By: James Allen  |  26 Sep 2009   |  1:14 pm GMT  |  4 comments

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the third practice session at Singapore, pushing Sebastian Vettel down to second place. Nico Rosberg was third.

It looks like being a very competitive qualifying session this evening, with McLaren, Red Bull and Williams all looking strong, while BMW seem to have made a big step with their heavily revised car.

There is some work to be done at Brawn. Yesterday the car seemed to be working well but they made some changes in the third practice and Jenson Button radioed his engineer at the end of the session to say that they had taken the wrong direction on set-up.

He was finding that the car had very little grip. He ended up down in 14th place.

The Ferraris seem to have fallen behind the cars which have major updates here, Raikkonen had a messy session with an off track excursion but even with a clear run on softer tyres at the end finished 12th, while Giancarlo Fisichella was last.

Mercedes seem once again to be providing their teams with an advantage; four of the first five cars through the speed trap were Mercedes powered.

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  1. artorwar says:

    Poor old Fisi. He seems to be getting a much easier ride from the media than Badoer and he really isnt performing very well. Fingers crossed he finds some form, although I dont see it happening myself. Should be a cracking weekend though, cant wait for quali.

    1. Jason C says:

      Well, he’s certainly doing better than Badoer did, and really has nothing to prove – see Spa. The car’s obviously a handful. Shows how well Raikkonen is doing, though.

  2. Silverstoned says:

    After Monza Dominicali stated that he was 100% confident that Ferrari would be on the podium the next four races as well.
    Even Ross can”t say that. So is that just glib or is it to make Kimi look bad when he doesn’t achieve the impossible?
    [that's not to say he won't of course]

  3. Benny says:

    looks like the ferarri is a difficult car to handle!
    Maybe “look how bad you are” wasnt as bad as we thought!

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