F1 Spanish Grand Prix: Rosberg fastest in FP3, Hamilton spins

Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets in the third and final Formula 1 practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, while his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton was third after a spin

F1 Spanish Grand Prix: Rosberg fastest in FP3, Hamilton spins

Rosberg clocked a 1m26.031s on the medium-compound Pirelli tyre, 0.156s clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton, who topped second practice, ended up third after a messy session that included a spin at Turn 3 and a small mistake on his medium tyre run.

Rosberg was quickest during the hard tyre runs in the opening part of the session, too, when track temperatures were 22C, nearly 30C lower than they were in FP2 on Friday.

The German, who has not beaten Hamilton in either qualifying or the race so far this year, looked smooth throughout the session as he retained his advantage when attention turned to low-fuel runs.

It was not so successful for Hamilton, who after completing just one installation lap in the opening half of the session ran wide onto the astro turf at Turn 3 and spun.

The Briton stopped the car hitting the wall on the inside of the track before engaging reverse and rejoining the fray.

Hamilton's medium tyre run was 0.201s shy of Rosberg's leading time, but four tenths ahead of Williams's Valtteri Bottas in fourth.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who recovered from a disappointing day with engine issues on Friday to get 19 laps of running under his belt.

Felipe Massa had a scruffy lap as he clocked the seventh fastest time, with Max Verstappen continuing Toro Rosso's good form at the Circuit de Catalunya so far this weekend to secure eighth.

Daniil Kvyat missed the first 40 minutes of the session while his Red Bull team fixed a water leak and he managed just seven laps and the ninth fastest time, one place clear of Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr.

Jenson Button was the leading McLaren in 11th, ahead of Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, who showed good long run pace on Friday.

Sauber is lacking updates in Spain, with Felipe Nasr down in 13th and team-mate Marcus Ericsson 17th.

Fernando Alonso was 14th in the second McLaren, ahead of Lotus pair Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.

Sergio Perez was nearly a second adrift of his Force India team-mate Hulkenberg in 18th, with the Manor-run Marussias of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi bringing up the rear.

FP3 RESULTS

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.021s - 19
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m26.177s 0.156s 14
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.222s 0.201s 10
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m26.682s 0.661s 19
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.944s 0.923s 14
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m27.048s 1.027s 19
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m27.109s 1.088s 19
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.132s 1.111s 18
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m27.313s 1.292s 7
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.809s 1.788s 17
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m27.938s 1.917s 17
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m28.082s 2.061s 13
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.096s 2.075s 23
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m28.304s 2.283s 17
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m28.578s 2.557s 17
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m28.618s 2.597s 18
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.788s 2.767s 20
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m28.996s 2.975s 14
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m31.125s 5.104s 16
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m31.749s 5.728s 17


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