Vettel edges Maldonado in final Spanish GP practice

  • AP, Barcelona
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  • Updated: May 12, 2012 16:17 IST

Sebastian Vettel has been in the top two in every practice session of the Spanish GP. AP Photo

Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was quickest in Formula One's last practice session ahead of Saturday's qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The two-time defending world champion set the pace with a lap of 1 minute, 23.168 seconds at the Catalunya Circuit, which was quickly heating up and degrading tires to provide a slippery obstacle for drivers to deal with.
Vettel is coming off his first pole position of the season in Bahrain and is looking for a second straight victory at the first European race of the season.
The German driver led Pastor Maldonado of Williams by under two-tenths of a second, with Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber, teammate Mark Webber and Sergio Perez of Sauber all within half a second of F1's points leader.
Other big names that seemingly languished down the order as they worked on their race setup were McLaren's Lewis Hamilton who finished 16th and Michael Schumacher in 17th place.
Lotus F1's Romain Grosjean failed to set a time at all and put in just two laps while his teammate Kimi Raikkonen set the ninth fastest time ahead of Nico Rosberg and behind Jenson Button.

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