Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc completed a clean sweep of practice sessions at the Spanish Grand Prix as Red Bull and Mercedes also displayed encouraging pace.
Leclerc clocked a time of 1:19.772s to ensure he led the way through all three practice sessions at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
But World Champion Max Verstappen remained a close threat while Mercedes consolidated its Friday form with another uplifting session.
Verstappen classified just 0.072s behind title rival Leclerc as George Russell and Lewis Hamilton wound up third and fourth respectively.
Russell finished 0.148s behind Leclerc while Hamilton recovered from a DRS setback to finish within a tenth of his team-mate.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz was fifth for Ferrari with Sergio Perez sixth overall for Red Bull.
McLaren driver Lando Norris vaulted up to seventh late on, while Kevin Magnussen finished eighth for Haas – one of the teams not to have brought a raft of upgrades in Spain.
Valtteri Bottas bounced back from his Friday setback to finish ninth as Esteban Ocon crept into the top 10 for Alpine.
Aston Martin – the focus of much attention with its heavily revised AMR22 – finished 12th and 16th respectively, with Sebastian Vettel ahead of Lance Stroll.
Mick Schumacher was able to complete only a handful of laps before returning to the pit lane with the right-rear brake on fire.
The scale of the damage ruled Schumacher out of the remainder of the session with Haas facing a sizeable repair job prior to qualifying.
Pierre Gasly did not set a timed lap after an issue was detected on his AlphaTauri AT03 during the early stages of the session.
Qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix is scheduled for 16:00 local time
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