The third and final practice session ahead of the all-important qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix was a near wash out due to torrential rains and poor visibility at Interlagos.
The session was scheduled to start at 11.00 local time but with the medical helicopter
unable to fly - should it have been required – due to low clouds, the 60-minte session was delayed initially before resuming for an 18 minute soggy dash.
All 20 drivers were able to complete timed laps with Nico Rosberg leading the way for Williams Toyota from team-mate Kazuki Nakajima. While less than a second covered the field in the dry Friday practice, some seven seconds separated Rosberg from 20th placed Kamui Kobayashi who makes his race debut with Toyota on Sunday. Jenson Button
was third fastest in his Brawn Mercedes from Fernando Alonso
and Adrian Sutil. The Renault driver survived a lurid off track moment exiting turn five late in the session, bouncing across the grass at high speed before rejoining the circuit. Team-mate Romain Grosjean was not so fortunate.
With four minutes remaining, Grosjean negotiated turn five only for the R29 to snap to the right.
Out of control, Grosjean bounced across the grass at high speed before slamming nose first into the Armco. He was uninjured in the impact but the incident brought out the red flags and leaves the team with a lot of damage to repair ahead of qualifying.
Grosjean was sixth fastest ahead of Sebastien Buemi, Jarno Trulli
, Nick Heidfeld
and Mark Webber. The Williams duo aside, the times mean little however with so little running.
The drivers will now head into qualifying short on setup information. The question now; what the weather will bring for qualifying?