FASTEST IN SPAIN: Nico Rosberg (centre) speaks with Mercedes team members ahead of qualifying for the 2015 Spanish GP. Image: AP / Andres Kudacki
BARCELONA, Spain - Nico Rosberg led final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday (May 9) after championship-leading Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton spun at the corner where Fernando Alonso crashed in pre-season testing.
Rosberg lapped with a best time of 1min26.021, 0.156 faster than Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, with Hamilton third and 0.201 off the pace after his Turn 3 incident.
Hamilton went sideways at the exit to the corner and spun, coming to a halt before returning to the track on damaged tyres.
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The Briton is 27 points clear of Rosberg in the Drivers' championship after winning three of the four races so far. He won the 2014 Spanish GP from pole.
Alonso, whose crash in February ruled him out of the Australian season-opener, was 14th for McLaren.
Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest for Williams, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, his team telling him apologetically over the radio that they had a wrong setting after working on the front brakes.
Bottas said: "Excellent, how can we be in wrong settings?"
2015 Spanish GP practice times at the at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min26.021
2 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1min26.177
3 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min26.222
4 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min26.682
5 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min26.944
6 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 1min27.048
7 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 1min27.109
8 Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 1min27.132
9 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) RedBull 1min27.313
10 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 1min27.809
11 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min27.938
12 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min28.082
13 Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 1min28.096
14 Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1min28.304
15 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min28.578
16 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1min28.618
17 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 1min28.788
18 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1min28.996
19 Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 1min31.125
20 Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 1min31.749
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