Rosberg moves ahead in final practice

By on Saturday, May 9, 2015
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Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg set the pace during the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Rosberg’s time of 1:26.021 was 0.156s faster than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel as drivers conducted qualifying simulations on the Option tyre during the closing stages of the 60 minute session.

World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who was fastest in Friday afternoon’s session, had a scruffy time as he spun at Turn 3 halfway through the session before locking up at the chicane on his hot lap.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth for Williams while Kimi Räikkönen was fifth after a wrong setting on his Ferrari SF150T.

Daniel Ricciardo clocked the sixth quickest time as he finally racked up some mileage in the Red Bull after a difficult Friday, while Felipe Massa was seventh.

Toro Rosso continued its momentum as Max Verstappen was eighth, with Carlos Sainz Jr in 10th.

They were split by Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, who only joined the action with 20 minutes remaining due to a water leak in his RB11.

Jenson Button was 11th for McLaren, ahead of Nico Hülkenberg, Felipe Nasr and Fernando Alonso.

Lotus had a lowly session with Romain Grosjean in 15th position, trailed by team-mate Pastor Maldonado and Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson.

Sergio Pérez was only 18th for Force India, with the two Manor Marussia cars of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi completing the runners.

16Nico RosbergMercedes1:26.021s19
25Sebastian VettelFerrari1:26.177s+0.156s14
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:26.222s+0.201s10
477Valtteri BottasWilliams1:26.682s+0.661s19
57Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:26.944s+0.923s14
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:27.048s+1.027s19
719Felipe MassaWilliams1:27.109s+1.088s19
833Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:27.132s+1.111s18
926Daniil KvyatRed Bull1:27.313s+1.292s7
1055Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:27.809s+1.788s17
1122Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:27.938s+1.917s17
1227Nico HulkenbergForce India1:28.082s+2.061s13
1312Felipe NasrSauber1:28.096s+2.075s23
1414Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:28.304s+2.283s17
158Romain GrosjeanLotus1:28.578s+2.557s17
1613Pastor MaldonadoLotus1:28.618s+2.597s18
179Marcus EricssonSauber1:28.788s+2.767s20
1811Sergio PerezForce India1:28.996s+2.975s14
1928Will StevensMarussia1:31.125s+5.104s16
2098Roberto MerhiMarussia1:31.749s+5.728s17

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