Mercedes driver Hamilton enjoyed a commanding advantage over the chasing s in FP3, which ended under red flags when Russell lost the rear of his Williams at Turn 4 and ended up in the wall backwards after travelling through the gravel.

That stopped three drivers – ’s , driver Nico Hulkenberg and ’s Lando Norris – completing a final new-tyre run and some from improving on a second flying lap on softs.

However, it did nothing to impact the gap Hamilton had over the next-best driver, .

Hamilton’s eventual best was a 1m16.568s, more than half a second clear of the two s.

Leclerc pipped by 0.073s, a tiny margin that was still big enough for to slot into and steal third from Vettel.

Bottas’s session started badly when he caused a seven-minute red flag by spinning on his out-lap at Turn 5 and beaching his car in the gravel.

After the Mercedes was recovered Bottas did join the action but the Friday pacesetter ended up 0.555s slower than teammate Hamilton.

Vettel, demoted to fourth by Bottas’s improvement, had his own spin when he lost the rear mid-corner at the chicane early in the session.

He ended up only a fraction faster than the leading Haas of Romain Grosjean as the American team challenged the established frontrunners in final practice.

Grosjean believes Haas can “play” with in Spain and his pace in FP3, 0.624s off the pace and within a tenth of both s and Bottas.

also got ahead of the two s in the second Haas, lapping sixth fastest and 0.962s off the pace.

was ’s leading man, partly thanks to Gasly being denied a final run.

Verstappen was fractionally slower than Magnussen, 0.990s behind Hamilton, but encountered traffic in the final sector of his first lap on new tyres at the end of the session.

Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon finished the session eighth, while ’s Alfa Romeo and the of Carlos Sainz completed the top 10.