Red Bull’s Mark Webber set the pace in the final practice session in Japan on Saturday morning as technical issues limited his team mate Sebastian Vettel to just eight laps of Suzuka.

Mark_Webber-Japanese_GP-Q01The Australian’s final response to Romain Grosjean’s medium-tyre run of 1m 32.707s, which temporarily put the Frenchman at the top of the times, was 1m 32.053s. Nico Rosberg slipped his Mercedes ahead of the Lotus with 1m 32.355s towards the finish, but right at the end Lewis Hamilton usurped his team mate with 1m 32.187s to go second, 0.134s behind Webber.

The Ferrari duo of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa looked stronger than they have all weekend, as the Spaniard finally pipped his Brazilian team mate with late runs of 1m 32.800s and 1m 32.815s respectively to take fifth and sixth places. Jenson Button was seventh in an improved McLaren on 1m 32.869s and Kimi Raikkonen, in the other Lotus, was eighth on 1m 32.946s having not done a final run.

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. Australia Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:32.053 17
02. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:32.187 18
03. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:32.355 18
04. France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 1:32.707 26
05. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:32.800 14
06. Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:32.815 14
07. United Kingdom Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:32.869 17
08. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 1:32.946 25
09. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:33.036 8
10. Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sauber F1 1:33.076 12
11. Mexico Sergio Perez Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.158 15
12. France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.260 15
13. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.490 16
14. Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 1:33.638 17
15. United Kingdom Paul di Resta Sahara Force India 1:33.660 19
16. Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 1:33.732 15
17. Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 1:33.955 18
18. Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sahara Force India 1:34.773 8
19. Holland Giedo van der Garde Caterham F1 Team 1:35.473 20
20. France Charles Pic Caterham F1 Team 1:35.518 18
21. United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team 1:35.844 16
22. France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team 1:39.378 20