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Scintillating Hamilton back on top in Barcelona

AFP  |  Barcelona 

topped the times for Mercedes ahead of Ferrari's in Saturday morning's third and final free practice ahead of this weekend's

The defending five-time world champion clocked an exceptional best lap in one minute and 16.568 seconds to outpace the young Monegasque by half a second in a session interrupted by two red flagged stoppages.

The first of these came when Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate and leader spun into a gravel trap after 20 minutes and the second in the 56th minute when hit the barriers in his Williams at Turn Four.

The drivers were unhurt, Bottas returning to the pits and later resuming to take third place ahead of four-time champion in the second The Finn had been quickest in both Friday sessions.

In testing conditions, the American Haas team took fifth and sixth places with impressive efforts from and Kevin Magnussen, enabling them to beat the of Max Verstappen, who was seventh.

was eighth for the Toro Rosso team ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo and McLaren's local hero

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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 18:56 IST