2009 VALENCIA: SUTIL SURPRIZINGLY FASTEST IN FP3

Force India car of J. Fisichela

Adrian Sutil surprised onlookers by setting the fastest time in an interrupted final free practice session in Valencia. The German set the fastest time of the weekend - a 1m39.143s - on his final lap of the session, having survived a late attack from Kazuki Nakajima, Robert Kubica and Heikki Kovalainen. The Force India driver had been quickest just before the session was red-flagged after 28 minutes to clear away Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull, which suffered a major mechanical failure on the track.

The RB5 left significant amounts of debris and oil on the third sector of the track and it took circuit officials another 28 minutes to make the track usable again. The amount of cement dust laid down hindered those drivers that tried to improve when the track was reopened in the final four minutes of the session, and it was only on their final laps that the order changed at the top.

Until then, world champion Lewis Hamilton had been setting the pace on a track that had already collected quite a lot of dust overnight.

Ferrari's Luca Badoer ended the session last - 3.055 seconds away from Sutil's time.

Pos  Driver        Team                      Time              Laps
1. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:39.143 12
2. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:39.247 + 0.104 12
3. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:39.513 + 0.370 12
4. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:39.553 + 0.410 8
5. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:39.732 + 0.589 11
6. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:39.764 + 0.621 12
7. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:39.883 + 0.740 10
8. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:39.950 + 0.807 12
9. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:40.017 + 0.874 11
10. Grosjean Renault (B) 1:40.088 + 0.945 11
11. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:40.118 + 0.975 12
12. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:40.192 + 1.049 10
13. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:40.230 + 1.087 12
14. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:40.260 + 1.117 12
15. Alonso Renault (B) 1:40.402 + 1.259 9
16. Glock Toyota (B) 1:40.443 + 1.300 10
17. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:40.879 + 1.736 10
18. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:40.916 + 1.773 6
19. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:41.125 + 1.982 12
20. Badoer Ferrari (B) 1:42.198 + 3.055 14