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Hamilton fastest in final practice ahead of Catalunya F1 GP

The Briton, looking for a hat-trick here, set the best time of 1min16.568 during the cloudy morning session; his team mate Valtteri Bottas was third and 0.555sec off Hamilton’s pace – but after a detour on the trackside gravel.

Sebastian Vettel, Leclerc’s team mate, was fourth on 1min17.172.

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Hamilton is one point behind Bottas after four successive Mercedes 1-2 finishes so far in 2019 thanks to the Finn scoring a point for the fastest lap in the Australian season-opener.

Haas was strong with Romain Grosjean fifth and team mate Kevin Magnussen sixth ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – known for his 2016 triumph on this track in 2016 which made him, at 18-years-old, the youngest F1 winner.

British Williams rookie George Russell spun into the tyre wall in the closing seconds of the session.

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