Vettel surges ahead in FP3

Sebastian Vettel did his chances of claiming a fourth consecutive Japanese Grand Prix pole position no harm this morning with a convincing run to the top of the timesheet in the final free practice session ahead of qualifying at Suzuka.
  

McLaren and Red Bull lead the way

Jenson Button went fastest in FP1 but Mark Webber claimed top spot in the afternoon.
 

Race Preview

After the bright lights of the Singapore Grand Prix and a win for Sebastian Vettel that reignites the defending champion’s challenge for the 2012 drivers’ title, Formula One continues its Far-Eastern trek with a visit to one of the sport’s truly classic circuits – Suzuka in Japan. 
 

Vettel shines in Singapore

Sebastian Vettel prospered from Lewis Hamilton’s mechanical failure, to record his second victory of the season.
 
The Red Bull Racing driver led over the line from Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. As a result Vettel rises from fourth in the Drivers’ Championship standings to second place. Kimi Räikkönen remains third after finishing the Singapore Grand Prix in sixth position.
 

Hamilton takes pole in Singapore

Lewis Hamilton took a surprisingly dominant pole position as Sebastian Vettel had to settle for third.
 
It was the McLaren driver’s 24th career pole, though Vettel had been heavily favoured, having finished top of the timesheets in each of the three practice sessions. The Red Bull driver, however, had no answer to Hamilton in Q3, and was over half a second off the pace. The reigning World Champion was even pushed back to third by the charging Williams of Pastor Maldonado. 
  

Three in a row for Vettel

Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel extended his run of fastest laps, finishing FP3 top of the timesheets.
  
Have gone fastest in both FP1 and FP2 on Friday, the World Champion extended his run with the fastest lap of Marina Bay in FP3 also – but the session was halted with two minutes left on the clock and faster times likely to follow. The red flags were brought out after Caterham’s Vitaly Petrov hit the wall approaching the final corner, scattering debris across the circuit. 
 

Vettel again

Sebastian Vettel made it a clean sweep on Friday, going fastest in FP2.
 
Having dominated the 2011 Singapore Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel picked up where he left off, setting the fastest lap of FP1. He continued his form in the later session, staying at the top of the time sheet, but downplayed the achievement afterwards: “It’s still Friday and today’s results are not so conclusive as some drivers got stuck in traffic etc. Most important is that the car seemed to work on either tyre,” he said.
 

Race Preview

Following an incident-packed Italian Grand Prix, Formula One leaves Europe behind and embarks on a championship end-game that will see the teams and drivers take on seven long-haul ‘flyaway’ races in 10 action-packed weeks. And first on that list is the Singapore Grand Prix – the sport’s only true night race. 
 

Hamilton eases to comfortable win

Lewis Hamilton cruised to a comfortable Italian Grand Prix victory on a day when Sergio Perez staged another spectacular raid on the podium positions and Fernando Alonso maintained his title charge with third place.
 

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