Hamilton leads by more than half a second after the last free practice session in Barcelona.
The British pilot sent a warning to his rivals in the last free practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, detaching himself by more than half a second from the rest of the platoon before qualifying.
After being slower than his colleague Valtteri Bottas in both Friday sessions, Hamilton found some pace and took the first position on Saturday by finishing FP3 in front of Charles Leclerc.
His time was 1m16.569s, being 0.531s faster than the nearest rival. The Englishman also asked his team on the radio where he might gain time, his engineer’s answer being that there is no clear area where he could be faster.
Charles Leclerc had to settle for second place, followed by Valtteri Bottas, whose time on the circuit was limited by a pirouette that took place early in the session while the track was still low on grip.
Valtteri Bottas lost control of the back of his Mercedes after which his W10 got stuck in the gravel, so his car had to recovered from the circuit. The Finn appeared on the track later in the session but managed to finish only in third place ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari.
Haas’s strong form displayed in Fridays sessions continued in Spain today, with their two team drivers, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, finishing in fifth and sixth respectively, both faster than the first Red Bull of Max Verstappen.
Alexander Albon took 8th place for Toro Rosso, followed by Kimi Raikkonen for Alfa Romeo and Carlos Sainz who completed the top 10 for McLaren.
Bottas was not the only driver to cause a red flag in FP3. Williams driver George Russell also had a spin in turn 4 at the end of the session and his situation caused the second red flag, and at the same time the premature end of the last training session.
- Photocredit: Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport F1
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