The final practice session ahead of the all-important qualifying session in Singapore saw Lewis Hamilton set the pace for McLaren Mercedes with a best lap of 1:47.632s, nearly three-tenths of a second clear of the field.
The McLaren team built a new car up overnight for Hamilton
from the spare chassis, with the defending champion rewarding the team with a dominant performance that he and the team will hope to carry into qualifying. Team-mate Heikki Kovalainen was fourth fastest, eight-tenths of a second adrift.
Friday pace-setter Sebastian Vettel had to be content with the second fastest time in this session, 0.277s shy of Hamilton while Nico Rosberg was third fastest in the leading Williams, four-tenths adrift of Vettel.
BMW Sauber has an updated F1.09 package on hard this weekend with Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld
showing well today in fifth and sixth positions respectively while Rubens Barrichello
lost out in traffic late in the session and has to be content with the seventh fastest time.
Championship leader Jenson Button
did not have a good session however, first complaining of understeer on his Brawn and then informing his crew that the car was ‘all over the place’ as he struggled for grip. Button was 14th fastest, four-tenths shy of seventh placed Barrichello.
Toyota upped its pace today with Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli
recording the eighth and tenth best times respectively with Sebastien Buemi splitting the duo in his Toro Rosso Ferrari.
Kazuki Nakajima was 11th best in the second Williams, while Kimi Raikkonen
could no better than 12th in the leading Ferrari. Mark Webber was 13th and a second off the pace of team-mate Vettel ahead of Button while Fernando Alonso
was just 15th ahead of Tonio Liuzzi, Adrian Sutil, Jaime Alguersuari, Romain Grosjean and Giancarlo Fisichella
Its advantage Hamilton heading into qualifying…