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Published: 12:12 | 14/5/16

Rosberg fastest in final practice

Hamilton improves in Barcelona

Nico Rosberg was fastest just ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the third and final free practice session ahead of torrow's Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The German driver has dominated the championship so far this season, with four wins from four races, and was fastest once again in Barcelona with a best lap time of 1:23.078, a significant improvement on yesterday's opening sessions.

However, reigning world champion Hamilton will be a lot happier after a trouble-free session following several tweaks to his set-up overnight after admitting he had a "lot of homework" to do following two indifferent sessions yesterday.

Four-time former world champion Sebastian Vettel also had a good morning after running marginally slower than Hamilton and just 0.147 seconds behind Rosberg with a flying lap late in the session.

Red Bull new boy Max Verstappen was fourth just ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, with Kimi Raikkonen sixth for Ferrari.

The remainder of the top ten was made up of Valtteri Bottas for Williams, Force India's Sergio Perez, Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) and McLaren's Fernando Alonso.


Spanish Grand Prix Practice 3 times:

Pos

Driver

Car

Gap

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m23.078s

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

0.126s

3

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

0.147s

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

0.641s

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

0.738s

6

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1.032s

7

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1.278s

8

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1.394s

9

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1.475s

10

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1.477s.



By: Kieran O'Daly

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