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Motor racing-Verstappen fastest in final Spanish GP practice

Motor racing-Verstappen fastest in final Spanish GP practice

8/5/2021 3:01:00 PM

Motor racing-Verstappen fastest in final Spanish GP practice

Red Bull 's Max Verstappen ended Mercedes' domination of Spanish Grand Prix practice with the fastest lap in the final session before qualifying at ...

SportRed Bull's Max Verstappen ended Mercedes' domination of Spanish Grand Prix practice with the fastest lap in the final session before qualifying at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday.Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 8, 2021 Red Bull's Max Verstappen in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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2related media assets (image or videos) available. Click to see the gallery.08 May 2021 07:40PMShare this contentBookmarkREUTERS: Red Bull's Max Verstappen ended Mercedes' domination of Spanish Grand Prix practice with the fastest lap in the final session before qualifying at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday.

The Dutch driver's time of one minute 17.835 seconds was 0.235 quicker than seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton, who will be chasing a record-extending 100th pole position later.AdvertisementAdvertisementHamilton is eight points clear of Verstappen after three races. headtopics.com

Hamilton was fastest in Friday practice, after Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas set the pace in the morning, and with Verstappen only ninth but his pace on Saturday showed Red Bull remained very much in contention."Yesterday we were wondering where the Red Bull was, and today Max has just put in a lovely lap," said 2009 world champion Jenson Button on Sky Sports television.

"But still there's more time in the last sector for him. But the same for Lewis, neither of them got the last sector together."AdvertisementAdvertisementVerstappen has led every third practice session this season.Ferrari's return to form after a dismal 2020 season continued with Charles Leclerc third fastest and Spanish team mate Carlos Sainz fourth.

Bottas was only fifth while Verstappen's team mate Sergio Perez was 10th on the timesheets.McLaren's Lando Norris, third in the championship, lapped sixth fastest, after venturing into the gravel, and Pierre Gasly was seventh for AlphaTauri with Australian Daniel Ricciardo eighth for McLaren.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ed Osmond) Read more: CNA »

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