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Qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix gets underway with Charles Leclerc fastest in final practice, setting a time of 1:19.772.

Max Verstappen followed behind with George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Carlso Sainz making up the top five.

Sergio Perez was down in sixth, followed by Lando Norris, Kevin Magnussen, Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon.

With Verstappen only 0.072 seconds behind championship leader Leclerc, it sets up a fascinating weekend in Barcelona.

Hamilton, meanwhile, had spoken of his happiness with the progress Mercedes have made this season and that certainly appeared to be the case with a good day for the team in Saturday’s last practice session.

Red Bull will be looking to rectify their weaker middle sector where the were consistently losing four tenths of a second to the Ferrari before making it back elsewhere on the track.

Speaking during the session, Verstappen, who ran just 11 laps in comparison to Leclerc’s 22, said: “The car just doesn’t turn at low speed.”

There was drama further down the grid when Mick Schumacher’s right rear brakes caught on fire. He couldn’t stop coming into the garage and took out one of his pitcrew before extinguishers were used to put out the flames.

That ended his track outing after just four laps while Pierre Gasly managed to just one before smoke started emerging from the back of his car.

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Ross Brawn interview

Simply looking at this season’s statistics, it would be easy to conclude that, at the age of 37, Lewis Hamilton’s pace is finally diminishing.

Only once in five race weekends in 2022 has he got the better of his new teammate George Russell leaving him nearly a full grand prix victory – an unthinkable goal at present for Mercedes – behind in the points standings.

But his former team boss Ross Brawn believes his approach this season has merely cemented his status as one of the sport’s all-time greats.

You can read our interview with Ross Brawn here.

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Big praise for the championship leader

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Final practice report

Charles Leclerc made it a clean sweep of all three practice sessions as he again topped the timesheets on the eve of the Spanish Grand Prix.

But the indicators were that both qualifying and the race could turn into a three-team battle for the first time this season as Mercedes backed up their strong showing from Friday.

While it was the same front two as it has been for much of the season – with Max Verstappen in second after the hour session – George Russell and Lewis Hamilton were in third and fourth respectively. And both were within a quarter of a second of the pacesetting Ferrari.

Mercedes have had some false dawns in the past but their upgrades have clearly made a notable improvement with their driver duo barely porpoising down the main straights as they have at high speed at any point this season.

You can read Matt Majendie’s full report here.

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How to watch

TV channel: Sky Sports F1

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can watch via the Sky Go App

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Don’t go anywhere, Standard Sport will be bringing you live coverage of today’s qualifying too.

Things get underway from 3pm BST.

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Chequered flag!

Leclerc is pulled up for the third time in practice in Spain!

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2 minutes to go!

Norris’ time of 1:20.403 isn’t enough to break into the top 5, meaning he has to settle for seventh spot.

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