Mark Webber has fastest in final practice at a sodden Interlagos
Red Bull driver leads Lotus pair as rain keeps falling at Brazilian GP
By Mike Wise at Interlagos
Last Updated: 23/11/13 6:17pm
The overcast skies and rain which arrived in Sao Paulo on Friday look to be staying around for Saturday's qualifying session and, if anything, the downpour was more incessant than those seen in P1 and P2.
Drivers had to negotiate standing water on the long run up from Juncao corner and on to the start-finish straight and although the session would have been seen as a benchmark for qualifying, few cars ventured out early on.
Esteban Gutierrez was the only driver to set a timed lap 20 minutes in; the Mexican eventually winding up seventh fastest overall, with the unusual order on the timesheets suggesting the possibility of a similar outcome later on.
With Webber lapping in a time of 1:27.891s, Lotus pair Romain Grosjean and Heikki Kovalainen were respectively second and third fastest, with Valtteri Bottas fourth in his Williams ahead of Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber) and Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso).
Behind Gutierrez came Pastor Maldonado (Williams), with Force India pair Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil completing the top ten.
Lewis Hamilton was next up but the presence of team-mate Nico Rosberg in 19th, not to mention the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa at the bottom of the times, suggests that Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari are saving their intermediate tyres for qualifying.
Conditions eased to the extent that the green-walled tyres finally made an appearance in the last ten minutes or so, with Webber setting his time before promptly pitting.
Qualifying starts at 2pm local time (4pm GMT).