Hockenheim: Home favourite Sebastian Vettel limbered up for qualifying with the fastest lap in a damp final practice for the German Grand Prix on Saturday.
The 23-year-old Red Bull driver, who will be chasing his sixth pole position in 11 races and the team’s 10th, lapped the drying Hockenheim circuit with a best time of one minute and 15.103 seconds.
With more Formula One fans than ever wearing Red Bull caps and shirts around a track that was once a temple to seven-times champion Michael Schumacher and Ferrari, Vettel gave the camped masses a taste of what they wanted.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso split the Red Bulls, with Australian Mark Webber third on the timesheets after being on top with moments remaining. Ferrari’s Brazilian Felipe Massa was fourth.
McLaren’s championship leader Lewis Hamilton was sixth, while world champion team mate Jenson Button was 13th, with Schumacher seventh for Mercedes on a track that was doused by a shower at the start of the session but then dried off.
Germany’s Adrian Sutil, who was fastest in Friday’s first session for Force India, did not set a timed lap after being sidelined by a drive-shaft problem.