Hamilton tops final Spanish GP Practice

While Esteban Ocon crashed into the wall between turns 3 and 4 to end the final practice session for the Spanish GP early, Lewis Hamilton led yet another Mercedes 1-2.

Replays show that Kevin Magnussen passed him, before pulling back to the center of the track. The Dane was moving slowly, but Ocon was caught out slightly and pulled wide to avoid smashing into the back of the Haas – hitting the wall as a result.

Ocon is okay which was good to see and did get out the car unaided, although the Medical car was deployed so the Frenchman will be sent to the Medical center for checks.

Hamilton’s time of 1m17.222s was 0.151s faster than his teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Max Verstappen was again third quickest 0.515s back.

Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren) and Sergio Perez (Racing Point) rounded out the top-5.

McLaren gave Carlos Sainz  Jr. a fresh power unit ahead of final practice as they continue their quest to cure his car’s cooling issues, while Haas did the same for Romain Grosjean, too, after he lost power towards the end of FP2.

Sainz Jr. was at a loss to explain why the cooling issues that held him back at Silverstone last weekend were still costing him performance at his home Grand Prix, even after they changed a host of parts including the chassis, and admitted they are “starting to run out of things to try”.

Sebastian Vettel needs to up his game. Down in only P12 while his teammate continues to bury him, makes him look increasingly like a has-been. He did go for his soft tire flying run slightly earlier than many, when the track hadn’t fully evolved.
Nonetheless, he was half a second back on his teammate, with yesterday’s new-found pace and resulting confidence seemingly short-lived.

Practice 3 Results

1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.222 +0.000s 12
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.373 +0.151s 13
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:17.737 +0.515s 10
4 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 1:18.046 +0.824s 18
5 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 1:18.096 +0.874s 16
6 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:18.193 +0.971s 15
7 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 1:18.211 +0.989s 13
8 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes 1:18.309 +1.087s 16
9 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda 1:18.371 +1.149s 13
10 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:18.384 +1.162s 12
11 31 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:18.602 +1.380s 18
12 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:18.707 +1.485s 15
13 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:18.710 +1.488s 14
14 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:18.721 +1.499s 11
15 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:18.803 +1.581s 23
16 26 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda 1:18.852 +1.630s 15
17 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:18.940 +1.718s 15
18 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:19.175 +1.953s 13
19 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:19.297 +2.075s 16
20 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1:19.764 +2.542s 16
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