Heidfeld Overhauls Ferrari in Third Practice

It was the turn of BMW Sauber s Nick Heidfeld to top the timesheets at the Sepang Circuit. The German set a time two-tenths faster than the Ferrari pairing of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, who dominated up until the closing minutes of the session. The McLaren team finished the session with Hamilton eleventh and Kovalainen a distant sixteenth, as they tested their race fuel setup.

Jarno Trulli put in a blistering performance to finish fourth, with the Red Bulls of Webber and Coulthard, having had their RB4 cleared to run by the FIA, in fifth and sixth. Timo Glock finished tenth, underlining Trulli s ability as a one-lap specialist.

Behind Coulthard, Nelson Piquet finished seventh, unusually the fastest of the Renault drivers, with Alonso languishing back in twelfth although just three tenths of a second behind.

Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel completed the top ten, back in eighth and ninth places respectively, in a session where the top eleven were separated by less than one second.

Unofficial Times for Practice Session 3:

Pos  Driver        Team                Time             Laps
 1.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber          1:35.019          18
 2.  Raikkonen     Ferrari             1:35.262 + 0.243  17
 3.  Massa         Ferrari             1:35.388 + 0.369  17
 4.  Trulli        Toyota              1:35.389 + 0.370  20
 5.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault    1:35.437 + 0.418  16
 6.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault    1:35.653 + 0.634  17
 7.  Piquet        Renault             1:35.768 + 0.749  15
 8.  Button        Honda               1:35.781 + 0.762  19
 9.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari  1:35.827 + 0.808  16
10.  Glock         Toyota              1:35.911 + 0.892  21
11.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes    1:35.927 + 0.908  13
12.  Alonso        Renault             1:36.068 + 1.049  14
13.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota     1:36.183 + 1.164  14
14.  Fisichella    Force India-Ferrari 1:36.229 + 1.210  21
15.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota     1:36.490 + 1.471   7
16.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes    1:36.529 + 1.510  16
17.  Kubica        BMW Sauber          1:36.618 + 1.599  19
18.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari  1:36.668 + 1.649  15
19.  Sato          Super Aguri-Honda   1:36.908 + 1.889  14
20.  Sutil         Force India-Ferrari 1:36.939 + 1.920  21
21.  Davidson      Super Aguri-Honda   1:37.140 + 2.121  12
22.  Barrichello   Honda               1:37.703 + 2.684   6