Webber Fastest On Drying Track In Short FP3

Webber set the fastest lap of Saturday's pre-qualifying running (Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Mark Webber topped a shortened final practice session ahead of qualifying in Montreal later today.

The start of the session was delayed by half an hour after repairs to a barrier were needed following a heavy crash in a Ferrari support race. To further compound problems for the teams and drivers, rain had fallen again, meaning just like the first session yesterday, the track was damp but drying.

With little time to complete much running, and track conditions not ideal, the opening few minutes saw few of the leading contenders setting representative times.  Instead, it was left to the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez and Williams of Valtteri Bottas to make the most of an empty track, as the two rookies enjoyed time at the top of the time sheets as they traded fastest laps.

Conditions improved just enough for every car to take to the track with slick tyres in the final few moments of the session, and as yesterday, there was a flurry of quick times as drivers found improvements.

In the final few seconds, Paul di Resta, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Adrian Sutil all posted the fastest time in quick succession, before Vettel’s team mate Webber bettered them to emerge fastest of all.

Despite the conditions, there were relatively few incidents to report, other than a couple of off track moments for the likes of Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde and Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo, whilst the final chicane continued to catch many more out.

Qualifying starts at 6pm UK time with uncertainty continuing to surround the weather. Some reports now suggest a dry qualifying session, with showers predicted for Sunday’s race.