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Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tops final practice ahead of qualifying

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Lewis Hamilton

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton was quickest in final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of qualifying afterward Saturday, the place he’ll go for a record-extending 92nd pole place.

Hamilton was 0.151 seconds clear of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and 0.515 in entrance of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. confirmed spectacular tempo and ended fourth.

Mercedes additionally led practice on Friday with Bottas and Hamilton swapping locations. Verstappen was third in each periods.

Esteban Ocon did go off moments from the top of P3 when he needed to swerve immediately to the suitable to keep away from crashing into the again of Kevin Magnussen, who broke late.

Ocon went into the wall and broken the entrance of his Renault, bringing a crimson flag out to cease the session and giving the Renault crew simply two hours to restore the automotive for qualifying.

Four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel struggled once more regardless of Ferrari becoming his automotive with a brand new chassis, ending 12th.

Verstappen gained final Sunday’s race at Silverstone to finish a streak of three wins for Hamilton and 4 straight for Mercedes. It additionally moved the Dutch driver as much as second place within the standings behind Hamilton, with Bottas dropping to 3rd.

Hamilton has gained the previous three Spanish GPs, though these had been held in May in decrease temperatures not so powerful on tires.

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