Hamilton takes over, Ricciardo slips further

 

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Daniel Ricciardo during first practice. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:AP

Update: Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest lap time for the last practice of the Spanish Grand Prix, after teammate and Formula One leader Valtteri Bottas lost time from spinning off the track on Saturday. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc had the second best time.

Lewis Hamilton led the way in third practice for the Spanish GP on Saturday. Picture: AP

Lewis Hamilton led the way in third practice for the Spanish GP on Saturday. Picture: APSource:AP

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo slipped to 17th.

Bottas skidded off and ended up with his back tyres stuck in the gravel at Turn 5. A red flag came out, a crane lifted theMercedes out of the gravel trap, and Bottas hopped on a scooter to be shuttled back to the garage.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas walks from his car after he span off the track during third practice on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas walks from his car after he span off the track during third practice on Saturday. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Bottas, who leads Hamilton by one point in the standings, got back out with 15 minutes left of the session and clocked the third fastest time. Bottas topped both practices on Friday. The Finn will be aiming for a third consecutive pole position in qualifying later on Saturday.

Daniel Ricciardo placed 17th in third practice. Picture: Getty Images

Daniel Ricciardo placed 17th in third practice. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel was fourth in his Ferrari, follow by Romain Grosjean in his Haas.

A second red flag came out late when George Russell went off and ended up with the rear of his Williams in the barrier.

Hamilton has won the Spanish GP three times, including the last two years. Hamilton looked dominant on the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. At one point he asked his engineers by radio where he could do better.

Ricciardo was all smiles ahead of third practice. Picture: Getty Images

Ricciardo was all smiles ahead of third practice. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The response was “not many areas to improve, Lewis.” Hamilton and Bottas have swept the first two spots in all four races so far, a first for F1.

Vettel is 35 points behind Bottas in third place.

The race is on Sunday.

3RD PRACTICE

1. Lewis Hamilton (ENG/MER) 1min 16.568sec

2. Charles Leclerc (MON/FER) +0.531

3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/MER) 0.555

4. Sebastian Vettel (GER/FER) 0.604

5. Romain Grosjean (FRA/HAA) 0.624

6. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/HAA) 0.962

7. Max Verstappen(NED/RBR) 0.990

8. Alexander Albon (THA/STR) 1.116

9. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/ALF) 1.401

10. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/MCL) 1.435

11.Daniil Kvyat (RUS/STR) 1.537

12. Nico Hulkenberg (GER/REN) 1.782

13. Sergio Perez (MEX/RAC) 2.088

14. Pierre Gasly (FRA/RBR)2.125

15. Lance Stroll (CAN/RAC) 2.166

16. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/ALF) 2.172

17. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/REN) 2.406

18. LandoNorris (GBR/MCL) 2.439

19. George Russell (GBR/WIL) 2.853

20. Robert Kubica (POL/WIL) 4.002

 

2ND PRACTICE

1. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/MER) 1min 17.284sec

2. Lewis Hamilton (ENG/MER) +0.049

3. Charles Leclerc (MON/FER) 0.301

4. Sebastian Vettel (GER/FER) 0.389

5. Max Verstappen (NED/RBR) 0.751

6. Romain Grosjean (FRA/HAA) 0.869

7. Pierre Gasly (FRA/RBR)0.954

8. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/HAA) 1.071

9. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/MCL) 1.374

10. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/STR) 1.438

11. Kimi Raikkonen(FIN/ALF) 1.443

12. Alexander Albon (THA/STR) 1.495

13. Lance Stroll (CAN/RAC) 1.555

14. Nico Hulkenberg (GER/REN) 1.577

15.Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/REN) 1.650

16. Lando Norris (GBR/MCL) 1.757

17. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/ALF) 2.143

18. Sergio Perez(MEX/RAC) 2.164

19. George Russell (GBR/WIL) 2.907

20. Robert Kubica (POL/WIL) 3.497

1ST PRACTICE

1. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/MER) 1min 17.951sec

2. Sebastian Vettel (GER/FER) +0.115

3. Charles Leclerc (MON/FER)0.221

4. Lewis Hamilton (ENG/MER) 0.624

5. Romain Grosjean (FRA/HAA) 0.992

6. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/MCL) 1.204

7. Kevin Magnussen(DEN/HAA) 1.229

8. Pierre Gasly (FRA/RBR) 1.334

9. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/STR) 1.413

10. Nico Hulkenberg (GER/REN) 1.499

11. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/REN) 1.560

12. Max Verstappen (NED/RBR) 1.893

13. Lance Stroll (CAN/RAC) 1.904

14. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/ALF)2.070

15. Alexander Albon (THA/STR) 2.079

16. Lando Norris (GBR/MCL) 2.115

17. Sergio Perez (MEX/RAC) 2.508

18. Kimi Raikkonen(FIN/ALF) 2.640

19. Robert Kubica (POL/WIL) 2.938

20. George Russell (GBR/WIL) 3.039

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