Hamilton fastest in practice 3 - Spain

Lewis Hamilton led another McLaren one-two and completed the team's clean sweep of Spanish Grand Prix practice sessions by going fastest on Saturday morning in Barcelona

Hamilton fastest in practice 3 - Spain

His teammate Fernando Alonso was less than a tenth slower in second, while the Ferraris ended up only sixth and seventh, behind the BMW Saubers and David Coulthard' Red Bull car.

The four title contenders had swapped the top spot between them throughout the session.

Massa was the first to go for a quick lap, setting a 1:22.214 after 20 minutes, but Alonso beat this by 0.036 seconds almost immediately, then improved to a 1: 21.893 on his next lap. Hamilton then made it a temporary McLaren one-two with a 1:22.214 lap.

Raikkonen deposed the McLarens a few moments later, his 1:21.874 lap standing as the benchmark for 11 minutes before Massa beat it by 0.202 seconds.

Then with 20 minutes remaining, Hamilton put on a set of softer compound tyres and moved four tenths clear of the field, lapping in 1:21.233.

It proved impossible to beat - even for Hamilton, who was a tenth of a second adrift on his next effort. Alonso closed to within 0.079 seconds with his final lap, but could not give his home crowd the session-topping performance they desired.

The Ferraris were then pushed down the order as Robert Kubica, Nick Heidfeld and Coulthard all made late improvements. Coulthard had been in the top six for much of the session, showing very consistent pace for Red Bull Racing.

Anthony Davidson continued his habit of impressing in practice with the eighth fastest time. His Super Aguri teammate Takuma Sato had also been in the top ten earlier in the hour, as had Toro Rosso's Scott Speed, but they fell to 14th and 15th respectively by the end, albeit only just over a second from the top of the timesheets.

Nico Rosberg and Heikki Kovalainen completed the top ten, with Giancarlo Fisichella 11th after sitting out the first half-hour while his Renault's ECU was changed.

The session saw very little incidents, with Christijan Albers' trip over the grass and gravel after running very wide at Turn 12 being the only significant error during the hour.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:21.233 13 2. Alonso McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:21.312 + 0.079 13 3. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:21.364 + 0.131 17 4. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:21.464 + 0.231 17 5. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:21.556 + 0.323 12 6. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:21.659 + 0.426 14 7. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:21.829 + 0.596 15 8. Davidson Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:21.845 + 0.612 15 9. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:21.953 + 0.720 16 10. Kovalainen Renault (B) 1:22.067 + 0.834 18 11. Fisichella Renault (B) 1:22.140 + 0.907 12 12. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:22.174 + 0.941 25 13. Barrichello Honda (B) 1:22.274 + 1.041 15 14. Sato Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:22.295 + 1.062 21 15. Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:22.314 + 1.081 16 16. R.Schumacher Toyota (B) 1:22.570 + 1.337 21 17. Button Honda (B) 1:22.744 + 1.511 17 18. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:22.759 + 1.526 13 19. Wurz Williams-Toyota (B) 1:23.020 + 1.787 16 20. Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:23.367 + 2.134 8 21. Sutil Spyker-Ferrari (B) 1:23.584 + 2.351 22 22. Albers Spyker-Ferrari (B) 1:23.817 + 2.584 22 All timing unofficial 
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