Rosberg tops Vettel in FP3 at Barcelona

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Spain, Circuit de Catalunyaes

Nico Rosberg topped the final session ahead of qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, edging out Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in a highly competitive session.

Hamilton was lucky to escape from a spin early on in the session, but altogether that did not seem to have an effect on his performance.

Valtteri Bottas managed to get Williams back in the hunt, having been a bit more off the pace on Friday. The Finn set the fourth fastest time of the day, slightly more than 6 tenths down on Rosberg but ahead of Raikkonen, Ricciardo and team mate Felipe Massa.

Verstappen was again the fastest of the Toro Rosso's, topping Red Bull's Kvyat and his own team mate, Carlos Sainz in 10th.

McLaren Honda meanwhile appears to settle in the midfield with Button 11th and Alonso 14th. They seem to be in similar performances as the Sauber and Force India drivers, while Lotus were a bit behind in today's FP3 while one could expect them ahead of this midfield pack.

At the very back of the field, Will Stevens proved faster than Merhi in the Manor Marussia, even though both men were more than 5 seconds off the pace and more than 2 seconds off of 18th place.


16Nico RosbergMercedes1:26.021s-19
25Sebastian VettelFerrari1:26.177s+0.156s14
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:26.222s+0.201s10
477Valtteri BottasWilliams1:26.682s+0.661s19
57Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:26.944s+0.923s14
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:27.048s+1.027s19
719Felipe MassaWilliams1:27.109s+1.088s19
833Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:27.132s+1.111s18
926Daniil KvyatRed Bull1:27.313s+1.292s7
1055Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:27.809s+1.788s17
1122Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:27.938s+1.917s17
1227Nico HulkenbergForce India1:28.082s+2.061s13
1312Felipe NasrSauber1:28.096s+2.075s23
1414Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:28.304s+2.283s17
158Romain GrosjeanLotus1:28.578s+2.557s17
1613Pastor MaldonadoLotus1:28.618s+2.597s18
179Marcus EricssonSauber1:28.788s+2.767s20
1811Sergio PerezForce India1:28.996s+2.975s14
1928Will StevensMarussia1:31.125s+5.104s16
2098Roberto MerhiMarussia1:31.749s+5.728s17