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- Championship leader Valtteri Bottas, fastest in first two practice sessions, spins into gravel
- Third Practice: 11:00-12:00 BST
- Qualifying: 14:00-15:00 BST
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Albon’s last lap was ruined by Carlos Sainz, but Albon pulls it together next time round with an excellent lap to move up to fourth – above both the Red Bulls.
“I don’t know what Carlos was doing there, sorry for that.”
Alex Albon, 10th at the moment, is not too impressed with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, the only Spaniard in what might be the last F1 race in Spain.
- Hamilton 1:17.655
- Vettel +0.6
- Leclerc +0.666
- Verstappen +1.007
- Magnussen +1.106
- Kvyat +1.21
- Gasly +1.218
- Grosjean +1.305
- Norris +1.352
- Albon +1.375
Tyres – Hamilton, Verstappen, Magnussen, Gasly, Grosjean, Norris – mediums (everyone else softs)
Ricciardo goes wayward as his left-side wheels goes through the gravel, but, luckily for him, the rest of his Renault does not follow and he gets it back on the track.
Hamilton, on the mediums, has just sent in a storming lap, six tenths clear of Sebastian Vettel on the softs.
Ferrari’s hopes went up when they saw Bottas in the gravel. Hamilton’s response is one that suggests: “don’t worry team, I’ve got this”.
Ranting Mr P:Bottas was a bit too greedy. Lewis lifted at that corner. The Mercedes is very tail-happy today, it seems, on the cold tyres and a cool track.
Jeremiah Kariuki:Vettel spins and damages his tyres. Bottas goes one step further and “beaches” to bring out a red flag! The weekend is getting uncharacteristic indeed, but promises to be interesting.
That has taken out some time, but we still have 32 minutes left of the session.
Bottas, fastest in the opening two sessions, may not be setting a time in the third.
Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live
It’s a really strange one. Just as he got to the apex at low speed on his out lap. He was at low speed and on the throttle.
He spun it around and just rolled back into gravel. The good news for him is there is no damage, he has not hit a wall, but it is so frustrating for him.
With Valtteri Bottas unable to move, the red flag is out as his Mercedes needs to be recovered. The man himself is fine and walks out of the car, looking thoroughly fed up but unhurt.
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We weren’t expecting this one. Valtteri Bottas spins it and is beached in the gravel.
“I’m stuck” is the bit of the radio message we can tell you.
A big moment in the weekend?
BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer
Sebastian Vettel was complaining of a lack of rear grip on Friday, and he’s just demonstrated it with a spin at the chicane. He’s quickest, by 0.066secs from Leclerc. No times from the Mercedes yet.
Vettel was on a flyer but overcooks it and goes round in a circle after losing the rear end. It could’ve been a lot worse as he does not hit anything but the tyres aren’t in good shape afterwards and he heads back to the pits.
Not as sunny as yesterday, but watching some F1 cars in Barcelona sounds a pretty cool way to spend a Saturday morning.
Some action at Renault. Firstly Nico..
… then Daniel’s turn…
We’ve only got an hour but a slow start to proceedings with only three times – from the Ferrari pair and Robert Kubica.
Kubica’s not top.
This is how it stands in the drivers’ championship at the moment.
We’re up and running with the third practice session. Mercedes to top the times again? We’ve got an hour to find out.
Listen to live online commentary of third practice from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with our commentary team of Marc Priestley, Jolyon Palmer and Jennie Gow by pressing the play button at the top of this page.
This ‘great banter’ from Romain gets the arms crossed, eyes-rolling reaction it deserved.