Kimi Raikkonen headed the final practice session for Ferrari at the Circuit de Catalunya after edging the championship leader by 0.242s, with the two Mercedes cars on the back foot, following their Friday Practice domination.
The Finn drivers fastest lap was a 1.20.214, which put him 0.242s clear of his team-mate, who has out-qualified him in the previous four races, as the chances for Ferrari look brighter for a repeat of their Sochi qualifying success.
Behind the two Ferrari’s were the two Mercedes cars, who were hit with problems. Overnight, the team broke the curfew for an electronic problem on Bottas’s Mercedes, and this morning when the team put in the new engine, the team saw a new oil problem. This meant that the team had to revert to the old engine, and the Finn only got to run for the last 10 minutes.
Hamilton led the Mercedes charge, albeit 0.3s adrift of the fastest Ferrari, meanwhile Bottas was three tenths further back following his lack of running.
Further back were the two Red Bull’s, who had closed the gap to Ferrari and Mercedes, albeit 0.8s and 1.0s further back, with Max Verstappen leading that particular charge.
However, Renault’s new upgrades for the Spanish GP were proving beneficial, as they creeped closer to the Red Bull F1 team. Nico Hulkenberg, who has proved to be the lead driver thus far, was seventh, and just four tenths adrift of the slowest Red Bull.