Qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix gets underway with Charles Leclerc fastest in final practice, setting a time of 1: 19.772.
Max Verstappen followed behind with George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Carlso Sainz making up the top five.
Sergio Perez was down in sixth, followed by Lando Norris, Kevin Magnussen, Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon.
With Verstappen only 0.072 seconds behind championship leader Leclerc, it sets up a fascinating weekend in Barcelona.
Hamilton, meanwhile, had spoken of his happiness with the progress Mercedes have made this season and that certainly appeared to be the case with a good day for the team in Saturday’s last practice session.
Red Bull will be looking to rectify their weaker middle sector where the were consistently losing four tenths of a second to the Ferrari before making it back elsewhere on the track.
Speaking during the session, Verstappen, who ran just 11 laps in comparison to Leclerc’s 22, said: “The car just doesn’t turn at low speed.”
There was drama further down the grid when Mick Schumacher’s right rear brakes were caught on fire. He couldn’t stop coming into the garage and took out one of his pitcrew before extinguishers were used to put out the flames.
That ended his track outing after just four laps while Pierre Gasly managed to just one before smoke started emerging from the back of his car.
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Things get underway from 3pm BST.
Leclerc is pulled up for the third time in practice in Spain!
2 minutes to go!
Norris’ time of 1: 20.403 isn’t enough to break into the top 5, meaning he has to settle for seventh spot.
Not for long!
Verstappen pips Russell in the final sector, +0072 to 1: 19.772
Hamilton sends a message
Hamilton ONLY wants to hear about the fastest sectors and does not care for comparisions to Russell.
Magnussen, meanwhile, is putting in a good shift and goes fifth with 1: 20.646.
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