Rosberg responds to Hamilton’s Friday pace by going quickest in final practice

CEjk3BJXIAAbbCUMercedes’ Nico Rosberg led a highly competitive final practice session in Barcelona on Saturday morning, as just two-tenths of a second covered the top three drivers. Once again Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was able to split the Silver Arrows, finishing 0.156s down on Rosberg and a tenth ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who was lucky to survive a spin earlier in the session.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest for Williams, six-tenths back from Rosberg and just ahead of fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen, whose own best lap was compromised by incorrect car settings on his Ferrari.

Unlike in FP2, neither McLaren was able to make it into the top ten, which was completed by Williams’ Felipe Massa, Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat and home favourite Carlos Sainz in the other Toro Rosso.

Spanish Grand Prix Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:26.021 Leader Leader 19
2 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:26.177 -0.156 -0.156 14
3 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:26.222 -0.201 -0.045 10
4 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:26.682 -0.661 -0.460 19
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:26.944 -0.923 -0.262 14
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:27.048 -1.027 -0.104 18
7 19 Felipe Massa 1:27.109 -1.088 -0.061 19
8 33 Max Verstappen 1:27.132 -1.111 -0.023 18
9 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:27.313 -1.292 -0.181 7
10 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:27.809 -1.788 -0.496 16
11 22 Jenson Button 1:27.938 -1.917 -0.129 17
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:28.082 -2.061 -0.144 13
13 12 Felipe Nasr 1:28.096 -2.075 -0.014 23
14 14 Fernando Alonso 1:28.304 -2.283 -0.208 17
15 8 Romain Grojean 1:28.578 -2.557 -0.274 17
16 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:28.618 -2.597 -0.040 18
17 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:28.788 -2.767 -0.170 20
18 11 Sergio Perez 1:28.996 -2.975 -0.208 14
19 28 Will Stevens 1:31.125 -5.104 -2.129 16
20 98 Roberto Merhi 1:31.749 -5.728 -0.624 17

 

 

 

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