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Raikkonen fastest, troubles for Bottas, Vettel

Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel set fastest lap-time respectively in final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix as the Italian squad expressed signs of challenging Mercedes F1.

Raikkonen’s best flying lap 1:20.214 was 0.242 sec quicker than team-mate Vettel with Hamilton nearly four tenths slower.

Valtteri Bottas’s Mercedes team broke the Friday night limitation to fix an electrical fault on his car. But when they put Bottas’s engine back together another problem was discovered in the form of a water leak.

The Finn managed just eight minutes of the final practice.

The Silver Arrows said that after it fixed an electrical problem in the power unit of Bottas’ car, the team was forced to change the engine altogether due to a water leak. Mechanics hurriedly replaced his car’s engine with the one Bottas had used through the first four races, including last round’s victory at the Russian GP.

Shortly before Bottas got onto the track, Vettel’s Ferrari stopped in the pit lane and was rolled back by his team. The Italian outfit said that they had stopped the car for precaution when they detected a “telemetry issue.”

Like Friday, Red Bull assumed their usual place behind Ferrari and Mercedes, with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finishing the session in P5 and P6 respectively. Nico Hulkenberg seventh in the Renault ahead of Williams’ Felipe Massa.

Spanish drivers Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso and Fernando Alonso, suffered a massive engine failure on his very first lap in the McLaren, completed the top ten.

With two wins in four races, Vettel leads Hamilton by 13 points in the standings. Bottas, who replaced retired champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes this season, is another 10 points adrift.



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