Jenson Button set the pace in the third practice session in Valencia, on a bright and sunny morning. It was interesting to see the Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen second and third, ahead of the Force Indias of Nico HUlkenberg and Paul di Resta. Sergio Perez was sixth ahead of Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado, Kamui Kobayashi and Fernando Alonso.
Sebastian Vettel was 13th but only 0.87s off the fastest time. Behind the Red Bull driver were Bruno Senna, Nico Rosberg and the two Toro Rossos, with Jean-Eric Vergne ahead of Dan Ricciardo. The Caterhams looked less competitive than they had on Friday but Heikki Kovalainen was 18th, ahead of Mark Webber, who had mechanical troubles and did only four laps, Vitaly Petrov and the usual melange of HRTs and Marussias, led on this occasion by Pedro de la Rosa, from Charles Pic.