Bottas spins off, Hamilton tops 3rd practice for Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest lap time for the last practice of the Spanish Grand Prix, after teammate and Formula One leader Valtteri Bottas lost time from spinning off the track on Saturday.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc had the second best time.

Bottas skidded off and ended up with his back tires stuck in the gravel at Turn 5. A red flag came out, a crane lifted the Mercedes out of the gravel trap, and Bottas hopped on a scooter to be shuttled back to the garage.

Bottas, who leads Hamilton by one point in the standings, got back out with 15 minutes left of the session and clocked the third fastest time.

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Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 12, 2019 First placed Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton on the podium. REUTERS/Juan Medina
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 12, 2019 First placed Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton on the podium. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 12, 2019 First placed Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race. REUTERS/Juan Medina
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 12, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in action with Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 12, 2019 Safety car leads Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Albert Gea
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 12, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton competes. REUTERS/Juan Medina
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 12, 2019 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in action during the race REUTERS/Albert Gea
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 12, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leads at the start of the race REUTERS/Juan Medina
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 12, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leads at the start of the race REUTERS/Juan Medina
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 12, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leads at the start of the race REUTERS/Albert Gea
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 12, 2019 The start of the race REUTERS/Albert Gea
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas celebrates pole position with second place Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and third place Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton after qualifying REUTERS/Albert Gea
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton after qualifying REUTERS/Albert Gea
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas before practice REUTERS/Albert Gea
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton before practice REUTERS/Albert Gea
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas celebrates pole position REUTERS/Albert Gea
TOPSHOT - The car of Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas is lifted after getting stuck in the gravel during the third practice session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo in the outskirts of Barcelona on May 11, 2019 ahead of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP) (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP climbs from his car after stopping on track during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 11, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP climbs from his car after stopping on track during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 11, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Juan Medina
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the pit during practice REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Red Bull's Max Verstappen during practice REUTERS/Jon Nazca
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 11: George Russell of Great Britain and Williams walks in the Paddock after crashing during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 11, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 11: George Russell of Great Britain and Williams walks in the Paddock after crashing during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 11, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Racing Point RP19 Mercedes on track during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 11, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 on track during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 11, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 on track during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 11, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Juan Medina
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Albert Gea
Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 11, 2019 Red Bull's Max Verstappen during practice REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Bottas topped both practices on Friday. The Finn will be aiming for a third consecutive pole position in qualifying later on Saturday.

Sebastian Vettel was fourth in his Ferrari, follow by Romain Grosjean in his Haas.

A second red flag came out late when George Russell went off and ended up with the rear of his Williams in the barrier.

Hamilton has won the Spanish GP three times, including the last two years.

Hamilton looked dominant on the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. At one point he asked his engineers by radio where he could do better. The response was "not many areas to improve, Lewis."

Hamilton and Bottas have swept the first two spots in all four races so far, a first for F1.

Vettel is 35 points behind Bottas in third place.

The race is on Sunday.

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