Australian Grand Prix – Third Practice

In the final, and an unusually busy, practice session ahead of today s qualifying, the BMWs of Kubica and Heidfeld topped the timesheets. Perhaps even more surprising was the pace of the two perceived front-running teams of Ferrari and McLaren, with Massa top of the group in eleventh, with fastest McLaren driver, Hamilton, behind him in twelfth.

Whilst the top teams struggled to avoid traffic and incident on-track, Alonso found pace to go third, just under half a second off Kubica s fastest time of 1:25.613 a time almost a second faster than anything else we ve seen this weekend. Heidfeld couldn t overhaul his team-mate by the end of the session, and finished second with a time 0.337 seconds slower.

The second Renault of Piquet again struggled, finishing fifteenth after a visit to the gravel trap at Turn Three. Behind Alonso lay Rosberg in the Toyota powered Williams F1, with Coulthard and Webber behind him in fifth and sixth in their Renault powered Red Bull cars.

Button finally gave Honda a reason to be optimistic, finishing seventh just 0.9 seconds behind the leading BMW. Vettel, Fisichella and Trulli completed the top ten.

Unofficial Times:

Pos  Driver        Team                  Time             Laps
 1.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            1:25.613          18
 2.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber            1:25.950 + 0.337  16
 3.  Alonso        Renault               1:26.082 + 0.469  14
 4.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       1:26.171 + 0.558  17
 5.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault      1:26.385 + 0.772  14
 6.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault      1:26.407 + 0.794  17
 7.  Button        Honda                 1:26.502 + 0.889  18
 8.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:26.663 + 1.050  18
 9.  Fisichella    Force India-Ferrari   1:26.682 + 1.069  18
10.  Trulli        Toyota                1:26.882 + 1.269  11
11.  Massa         Ferrari               1:27.020 + 1.407  19
12.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1:27.084 + 1.471  14
13.  Glock         Toyota                1:27.162 + 1.549  15
14.  Raikkonen     Ferrari               1:27.163 + 1.550  17
15.  Piquet        Renault               1:27.284 + 1.671  13
16.  Barrichello   Honda                 1:27.333 + 1.720  18
17.  Sutil         Force India-Ferrari   1:27.489 + 1.876  18
18.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:27.578 + 1.965  17
19.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota       1:27.601 + 1.988  15
20.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      1:27.992 + 2.379  15
21.  Sato          Super Aguri-Honda     1:28.363 + 2.750  13
22.  Davidson      Super Aguri-Honda     1:28.912 + 3.299  15