D he rain was predicted and he didn't let it long in coming. After the first drops on Friday evening, it started to pour punctually half an hour before the third free practice session. The runway was under water within minutes. It didn't help that the rain stopped immediately at the beginning of the session. Without any supplies from above, the drivers were able to quickly switch from heavy rain tires to intermediates. The traffic quickly pushed the largest puddles off the racing line.
Kubica stole the training hat-trick from Vettel
Robert Kubica cut the best figure in the wet. Shortly before the end of training, the Renault driver relegated Sebastian Vettel to second place by three tenths. Kubica prevented Vettel, who had dominated the time hunt on Friday, from setting the third fastest time in practice.
Lewis Hamilton recorded the third fastest time. However, the McLaren driver was also noticed by some braking and slipping. The Ferrari duo gathered in formation directly behind it. Felipe Massa remained in fourth place half a tenth ahead of team mate Fernando Alonso.
Petrov and Buemi fast, Webber slowly
Vitaly Petrov (Renault) and in sixth and seventh Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) provide little surprises. Another surprise was Mark Webber's eleventh place, who was just under a second behind his Red Bull team-mate Vettel and only completed six laps. The Ferraris were also only on the track for nine laps. Both teams gave the reason that they wanted to save intermediates. Each team only has four sets of tread tires available for the entire weekend.
German block in the lower midfield
The German pilots did not walk much on the wet track Take a risk. Nico Rosberg placed eighth. Mercedes team-mate Michael Schumacher finished twelfth. Nico Hülkenberg (Williams) recorded the 14th best time. Adrian Sutil, who is actually known as a rain specialist, only landed in 17th position, one place ahead of Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld. Timo Glock lost the duel with Lotus again. The Virgin was just behind Lotus driver Jarno Trulli in 20th place.
The most exciting question on Saturday morning was who would switch to a rain setup and who would prefer to prepare their car for the dry conditions in theRaces are expected. After the third training session, all teams have to decide which setup will be used. The cars are not allowed to be changed after qualifying.
Red Bull on dry setup
Red Bull had already announced in advance that despite the rain they would be completely on dry setup puts. 'Anything else would be too risky for the race,' said consultant Helmut Marko. At McLaren, however, they seem to place more value on a good starting position. According to BBC reports, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button's cars were set up for wet conditions in practice three. Comparatively low top speed values seemed to support this thesis.