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.DriversTeamsTimeLaps
01.Australia Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:32.05317
02.United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas1:32.18718
03.Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas1:32.35518
04.France Romain GrosjeanLotus F11:32.70726
05.Spain Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:32.80014
06.Brazil Felipe MassaFerrari1:32.81514
07.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:32.86917
08.Finland Kimi RaikkonenLotus F11:32.94625
09.Deutschland Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:33.0368
10.Deutschland Nico HulkenbergSauber F11:33.07612
11.Mexico Sergio PerezVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:33.15815
12.France Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:33.26015
13.Australia Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:33.49016
14.Venezuela Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F11:33.63817
15.United Kingdom Paul di RestaSahara Force India1:33.66019
16.Mexico Esteban GutiƩrrezSauber F11:33.73215
17.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams F11:33.95518
18.Deutschland Adrian SutilSahara Force India1:34.7738
19.Holland Giedo van der GardeCaterham F1 Team1:35.47320
20.France Charles PicCaterham F1 Team1:35.51818
21. United Kingdom Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team1:35.84416
22. France Jules BianchiMarussia F1 Team1:39.37820