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Barcelona Practice 3: Rosberg fastest as Mercedes dominate

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Nico Rosberg claimed the fastest time in Final Practice ahead of Qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, beating out Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by eight tenths of a second. Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari.

As is usual with the Final Practice, opening stints on the weekend’s Prime tyres – here Pirelli’s hard compound – gave way to Qualifying simulations on the this race’s Option Soft tyre and when the switch was made Rosberg set the best time of the session, with a lap of 1:25.887.

Hamilton, though, made a mistake on his run and backed out of his final lap, leaving him with a best time of 1:26.756 set on the Hard tyre.

Hamilton was, however, still more than 0.4s ahead of Fernando Alonso, who was best of the rest, in front of Williams’ Felipe Massa.

Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday 9 May 2014.

Lotus’ Romain Grosjean recovered from a problematic Friday in which his running was compromised by power unit and brake issues to end Final Practice in fifth position ahead of the McLaren of Kevin Magnussen and Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian was followed by the second McLaren of Jenson Button and the second Lotus of Pastor Maldonado.

Sebastian Vettel, who completed just four laps of the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday, made up for lost time by claiming the final top-10 position.

Elsewhere, Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, 12th in FP3, will head into the afternoon Qualifying session knowing that wherever he finishes in the session he will start the race 10 places further back, having been penalised by the race stewards for the wheel detachment that saw him stop on track just after leaving the pit lane in the final minutes of the second practice session. (F1 Media)

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Spanish Grand Prix, Free Practice 3 – Saturday, 10 May 2014
PosNoDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes1:25.88716
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:26.7560.8699
314Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:27.1881.30115
419Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:27.2231.33610
58Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:27.6821.79518
620Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:27.8061.91916
73Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:27.8081.92112
822Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:28.0062.11911
913Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:28.0762.18919
101Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:28.0852.19820
1177Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:28.1012.21412
1225Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:28.2422.35516
1326Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:28.2982.41116
147Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:28.4192.53216
1511Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:28.5712.68413
1627Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:28.6682.78113
1799Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:28.7152.82816
1821Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:28.8652.97818
194Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:30.1694.28215
2017Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:30.6704.78312
2110Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:30.7124.82518
229Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:31.5595.67219