Vettel fastest in wet final practice for British GP

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Sebastian Vettel has finished quickest in final practice for the British Grand Prix as wet weather limited running on Saturday morning at Silverstone.

After two dry practice sessions on Friday, the teams undertook their first wet weather running since Monaco today with rain falling since 8pm last night. The track did begin to dry out at one point, but conditions soon worsened again, meaning that drivers had to use the intermediate and wet tires throughout the session.

Vettel was able to finish fastest with a lap of 1:52.522 – almost 20 seconds off the dry weather time – ahead of Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean put in a good display for Lotus in third and fourth place, finishing ahead of Adrian Sutil and Daniil Kvyat.

The wet track did catch out a number of drivers, with the most notable being Jules Bianchi. The Frenchman ran straight on at the end of the Hangar Straight, with his Marussia coming to rest in the wall. He walked away unharmed, and the damage to the front of the car did not look too severe.

Grosjean had a very risky moment on the start/finish straight, spinning his Lotus and narrowly missing the wall. Nico Hulkenberg, Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez also had moments.

The all-dominant Mercedes drivers opted not to post a time during the session. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg completed just nine laps in total, and they will keep their cards close to their chest until qualifying this afternoon.

With little to go by during FP3, it is hard to make any assumptions about qualifying should it rain. The only way to find out who really is number one in the wet will be to join us at 8am ET on CNBC, Live Extra and online by clicking here.

Josef Newgarden wins pole for Grand Prix of Alabama

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With time running off the clock, Josef Newgarden lapped Barber Motorsports Park with a speed of 122.773 mph to win his third career pole and first on this track in the Grand Prix of Alabama.

Newgarden has two previous wins at Barber. He won last year’s edition of this race after starting seventh and in 2015 from fifth.

Fast 12

Josef Newgarden topped this chart with a speed of 123.475 mph.

He brought Will Power, James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Sebastien Bourdais along with him to the Fast 6.

Marco Andretti (122.480 mph), Alexander Rossi (122.216), Simon Pagenaud (122.050), Robert Wickens (122.042), Zach Veach (121.784) and Ed Jones (120.984) failed to advance.

Round 1, Group 1

Newgarden posted the fastest single lap in round one, group one of qualification for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.550 mph.

Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe, Wickens, and Andretti also advance to the fast 12.

Taking the final slot was Jones with a speed of 119.835 after an off-course excursion in final practice.

This was Andretti’s first advancement to the fast 12 for the first time since 2014.

Round 1, Group 2

Power had the fastest lap of 121.570 mph

Bourdais, Veach (who is battling food poisoning-like symptoms), Rossi, and Pagenaud grabbed positions 2-4.

Scott Dixon had an uncharacteristically slow lap of 121.006, but managed to advance to the fast 12 when the session was red-flagged for an incident involving Tony Kanaan.

With three minutes remaining, Kanaan spun into the tire barriers while leaving pit road. Since he brought out the red flag, he lost his qualification time of 119.996 mph.

Takuma Sato had slipped off-course midway through the session and posted only the Ninth-fastest speed of 120.789 mph.