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McLaren's Lewis Hamilton quickest in final practice

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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-11

Title holder Lewis Hamilton (photo) was again the quickest on Saturday in the third and final free practice session ahead of Sunday's German Grand Prix. Championship leader Jenson Button (Brawn GP) clocked the 11th best time.

REUTERS - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton showed his car's Friday pace was no one-off with the quickest time again in Saturday's final practice for the German Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver put in the fastest lap so far this weekend, with a best time of one minute 31.121 seconds on another chilly and overcast morning in the western Eifel Mountains.

Renault's double world champion Fernando Alonso was second quickest, 0.219 slower, with Ferrari's Felipe Massa third.

Championship leader Jenson Button, who is 23 points clear of his Brazilian team mate Rubens Barrichello after eight races, was 11th and appeared to be struggling with low tyre temperatures.

Button won six of the first seven races for Brawn GP.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who will be chasing his third successive pole position later on Saturday and hopes to become the first home winner since Michael Schumacher retired in 2006, was fourth ahead of Australian team mate Mark Webber.

Vettel, winner of the previous British Grand Prix, is 25 points adrift of Button.

Hamilton has scored just nine points so far, with McLaren drawing a blank in their last four outings, after struggling in an uncompetitive car.

However McLaren have been working around the clock to improve it, rushing enough parts to the Nuerburgring for Hamilton to benefit but not team mate Heikki Kovalainen. The Finn was 19th in the version without the updates.

Hamilton, who suffered the biggest crash in his Formula One career at the Nuerburgring in 2007, had been surprisingly fastest in Friday's second practice.
 

Date created : 2009-07-11

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