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Robert Kubica set the fastest time on a drying Fuji speedway in the final practice session ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. It stopped raining at the start of the session but most of the action came in the dying minutes when Timo Glock continued his pace from the previous session on Friday, and took second behind the Pole.

Nelson Piquet Jr landed third position, a full 0.4 seconds faster than teammate, Fernando Alonso, who finished ninth. NIck Heidfeld continued BMW’s speed in the conditions, taking fourth, and local favourite, Kazuki Nakajima, improved even more in his Williams and took fifth. David Coulthard climbed out of the back two positions he had been in during Friday and set the sixth fastest time, just 0.1 seconds faster than his teammate, Mark Webber, in eighth, and Felipe Massa sat in seventh, with Lewis Hamilton splitting the Toro Rossos in eleventh. Jarno Trulli could only manage thirteenth ahead of Nico Rosberg, Heikki Kovalainen, Kimi Raikkonen, Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button, Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella.

Rain was initially predicted for Qualifying, but is now looking unlikely, so will the battle be with the front runners and, if not, who will spring a surprise?

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Fernando Alonso has once again set the fastest lap in the final hour-long practice session ahead of Qualifying for this weekends Singapore Grand Prix. He came out towards the closing laps of the session and flew past the opposition, setting a 1:44.506 to become the first man into the 1:44s. He beat McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton to the top spot by a massive six tenths of a second.

Felipe Massa was right behind in third setting 1:45.246 and Renault’s strength this weekend was proved by Nelson Piquet completing the session in fourth. Nico Rosberg just managed to take fifth spot off Honda’s Jenson Button, who is also looking very strong going into Qualifying after popping up into second during the session. He set a 1:45.409. Robert Kubica, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Sebastien Bourdias completed the top ten. Nick Heidfeld sat in eleventh, whilst Heikki Kovalainen struggled even more, finishing in thirteenth. Rubens Barrichello finished ahead of both Toyotas, whilst Kimi Raikkonen ended up in seventeenth and facing the barriers after setting just one lap time. David Coulthard had limited running after a gearbox problem at the start of the session, which meant he could only beat the Force Indias.

All eyes are on what promises to be an exciting hour of qualifying, after Singapore has provided three action-packed practice sessions.

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Timo Glock set the fastest time in an hour of difficult conditions, which saw parts of the track underwater. The real front-runners left it too late to set notable times, so Glock and Toyota were on P1 for most of the session, a time of 1:35.464, a full 0.6 seconds faster than Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel, and Nico Rosberg was a further 0.2 seconds behind for Williams.

Jarno Trulli made a good session better for Toyota in fourth, whilst their challengers for fourth place, Renault, managed only 9th and 14th. BMW sat in 6th and 12th, Nick Heidfeld 0.6 seconds faster than Robert Kubica. Force India took 10th and 11th and David Coulthard, in seventh,  was 0.6 seconds faster than his teammate, Mark Webber.

Qualifying is next, and if the weather stays as it is, it could be very eventful.

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Nick Heidfeld completed the final practice session at Spa on top as the rain kept on falling. With the showers on and off and a damp track for most of Saturday practice, the BMW just beat McLaren to first with a 1:47.876 ahead of Heikki Kovalainen’s time of 1:48.165.

Lewis Hamilton was behind with a 1:48.356 which was not enough to beat his former teammate, Fernando Alonso, who continued his form with a 1:48.307. Felipe Massa led the charge for Ferrari in fifth, 0.2 seconds ahead of his teammate who was also separated by Toro Rosso’s Sebastain Vettel. Mark Webber just made the top ten with a 1:49.054, beating Jarno Trulli to the position by 0.003 seconds.

It wasn’t a perfect session for BMW as Robert Kubica could only manage 13th. The Force Indias led the Hondas with Jenson Button the only man not setting a time after leaving the pits and coming to an immediate stop.

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