Webber quickest in shortened final practice


Mark Webber has finished quickest in the third and final practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix, which was shortened to just thirty minutes.

The session was delayed by thirty minutes after an accident during one of the support races caused a great deal of damage to one of the barriers. Once the repair work had been completed, race control confirmed that the session would not run for its full sixty minutes in order to preserve the mandatory two-hour break between final practice and qualifying.

When the running did get underway, the drivers did not rush out as a rain shower in the morning meant that the track was still damp, with the teams needing to save their wet tires in case of showers during qualifying or the race. However, it was Esteban Gutierrez who set the early pace for Sauber ahead of Felipe Massa at the top.

In the final five minutes of the session though, the track dried out and allowed the drivers to go out on super-soft tires for the first time. It quickly became a case of seeing the chequered flag first, with Felipe Massa setting an early benchmark, yet he ended up P8. Paul di Resta, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton all had a second or two at the top before Webber eventually pulled over 1.2 seconds clear of his teammate to finish fastest. Adrian Sutil also set a late time to finish an excellent second for Force India during their 100th grand prix weekend. Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel followed Sutil, with Monaco winner Nico Rosberg finishing in 6th. You can find the complete classification here.

You can watch qualifying from 1pm ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.