The final practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix had to be cut short due to damage to one of the barriers in turn 11 caused by one of the GP’s support events.
The weather further complicated things as constant light rain made the 30 minute practice session even less useful. A dry line didn’t form until there was less than 10 minutes left in the practice, so we have perhaps the foggiest picture of what to expect from qualifying and the race itself as we have seen thus far in 2013.
Despite the conditions, Red Bull Racing improved their standings in comparison to the first two practice sessions of the weekend. Mark Webber topped the time sheets with a 1:17.895 while current driver’s points leader Sebastian Vettel found P5, giving the RBR crew a top 5 showing for FP3.
Adrian Sutil continued to improve as he moved up to P2, while his Force India partner Paul Di Resta bounced back up to P7. Judging from the practice runs it would seem that Force India is set to have a strong run on race day should the rain roll in.
Mercedes AMG also churned out a double top 10 performance with Lewis Hamilton lapping in 1:18.732 and earning P3. His team mate Nico Rosberg found P6 on the time sheets on the strength of a 1:19.457 during another successful practice session for the Silver Arrows.
The fourth and final team to get both of their cars into the top 10 was Scuderia Ferrari. Ferrari has been the most consistent team of the weekend so far in Montreal and they continued that trend during FP3 with Fernando Alonso in P4 and Felipe Massa finishing P8. The Italian Stallions have been one of the only teams to have both of their cars close to the top of the time sheets in all of the practice sessions. The worst showing from Ferrari in the three practices was a P11 from Massa during FP1.
Jenson Button of McLaren lapped in 1:19.790 for P9, and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top 10 by completing his best circuit in 1:20.316 for Lotus F1 Team.
With a 40% chance of rain until 9:00 PM local time tonight and from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM Sunday in Montreal, the practice runs in the rain could prove to be good indications of the race day pecking order.
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