Rosberg ahead as competition closes in

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Spain, Circuit de Catalunyaes

Final practice ahead of qualifying the Spanish Grand Prix has ended with Nico Rosberg topping the timesheet, just like he did in both yesterday's sessions. Lewis Hamilton stranded as a tenth of his teammate while Sebastian Vettel confirmed the Scuderia is up for a close battle in qualifying.

Behind the three fastest runners of the session, all of whom set their times towards the end of the one-hour session on soft tyres is a gap of half a second to Max Verstappen. The Dutchman managed to beat team mate Daniel Ricciardo by a tenth as the latter made a slight mistake on his fastest attempt, losing out on his new team mate. Both Red Bulls certainly appear to have some pace at Barcelona, a track commonly known to favour cars with good aerodynamic properties.

Kimi Raikkonen slotted in behind the Red Bull drivers, followed by Bottas in the fastest Williams, Perez in the first Force India and Daniil Kvyat, who, just like Verstappen, managed to finish a session quicker than his team mate for the first time this weekend.

Results

Pos.No.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:23.078-15
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:23.204+0.126s11
35Sebastian VettelFerrari1:23.225+0.147s16
433Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:23.719+0.641s10
53Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:23.816+0.738s9
67Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:24.110+1.032s13
777Valtteri BottasWilliams1:24.356+1.278s14
811Sergio PerezForce India1:24.472+1.394s15
926Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:24.553+1.475s13
1014Fernando AlonsoMclaren1:24.555+1.477s13
1127Nico HulkenbergForce India1:24.585+1.507s15
1219Felipe MassaWilliams1:24.621+1.543s15
1355Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:24.695+1.617s21
148Romain GrosjeanHaas1:24.981+1.903s13
1522Jenson ButtonMclaren1:25.051+1.973s13
1620Kevin MagnussenRenault1:25.100+2.022s12
1721Esteban GutierrezHaas1:25.130+2.052s17
1830Jolyon PalmerRenault1:25.376+2.298s13
1912Felipe NasrSauber1:25.383+2.305s22
209Marcus EricssonSauber1:25.401+2.323s24
2194Pascal WehrleinManor1:26.097+3.019s13
2288Rio HaryantoManor1:26.251+3.173s19