Mercedes controls final practice at Barcelona

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Spain, Circuit de Catalunyaes

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were the fastest men in P3 at Barcelona. Though competition was close, both Mercedes proved to be quick on the soft and super soft tyres. Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen were next up when the session was stopped early due to a crash from Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley.

It was no longer a susprise that Mercedes were to be fast around here, especially after Friday's practice sessions. So, with the car already out of the bag, Valtteri Bottas was the first man to set a competitive time, soon below 1:17 for a lap around Circuit de Catalunya. Lewis Hamilton strung a lap together a few minutes later, went fastest in the second sector and subsequently fastest overall.

With those early laps on the soft tyre, and Verstappen and Ricciardo going off, Vettel switched to supersoft 20 minutes from the end of the session to go 2 tenths faster than Hamilton's earlier marker.

Just before that, Stroll had become the first man to end up in the gravel trap. The Williams continues to be a handful with poor balance leading to mistakes, and poor 19th and 20th fastest times. Or in fact, the slowest times.

Bottas, and then Hamilton returned Vettel's favour to go faster again as Mercedes.

Along with the struggling Williams, Grosjean continued to struggle with all sorts of items. He complained repeatedly about braking stability while also going off after being surprised by traffic at the very end of the session.

At that time, traffic issues had become the norm until Brendon Hartley found himself in the barriers. With just 2 minutes left on the clock, the session was red flagged and stopped early.

This leaves Mercedes ahead of Ferrari in this session while neither Red Bull really showed their pace.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:17.281-15
277Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:17.294+0.013s19
35Sebastian VettelFerrari1:17.550+0.269s16
47Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:17.581+0.300s17
53Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:17.981+0.700s16
620Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:18.357+1.076s15
78Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:18.706+1.425s16
855Carlos SainzRenault1:18.783+1.502s16
914Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Renault1:18.847+1.566s14
1010Pierre GaslyScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:18.886+1.605s17
1127Nico HulkenbergRenault1:18.905+1.624s16
1233Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:19.013+1.732s5
1331Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:19.121+1.840s20
142Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Renault1:19.236+1.955s17
1516Charles LeclercSauber Ferrari1:19.292+2.011s19
1611Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:19.376+2.095s17
1728Brendon HartleyScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:19.428+2.147s23
189Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari1:19.744+2.463s17
1918Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:19.900+2.619s15
2035Sergey SirotkinWilliams Mercedes1:19.909+2.628s13