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Hamilton sets pace ahead of Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton holds a four-point championship lead over Vettel. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton posted a record-breaking lap in final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix as New Zealander Brendon Hartley crashed out at 160mph.

Hamilton, who holds a four-point championship lead over Sebastian Vettel, ended Friday's final session at the opening leg of the European season on top of the timesheets.

And the 33-year-old defending champion led the way once more on Saturday morning with a blistering effort of one minute and 17.281 seconds.

Hamilton has not been on pole position since the opening round in Australia, but he will head into qualifying later on today as favourite to secure the front slot on the grid.

Hamilton edged out his team-mate Valtteri Bottas by just 0.013 seconds with Mercedes appearing to hold the edge over Ferrari at a circuit where they have performed well in recent seasons.

Vettel was third in the order, a quarter-of-a-second down on Hamilton, with the German's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen fourth.

The one-hour session was brought to a premature end after Hartley crashed out in the closing moments.

The 28-year-old lost control of his car on entry to the high-speed Turn 9, and while he reported he was unhurt in the smash, he appeared to be sporting a limp as he walked away from the incident.


Mercedes to show support for lost plane at Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will show their support to the lost Beijing bound plane at the Malaysia Grand Prix this weekend, by displaying a ‘Pray For MH370’ message on the side panels.

Hamilton also tweeted his sympathies to the families and friends of the passengers, along with a picture of the hashtag #PrayForMH370.


Button's 'sadness' at marshal's Grand Prix death

British Formula 1 driver Jenson Button has spoken of his "shock" and "sadness" at the news a race marshal was killed during the closing stages of the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) confirmed the worker was killed at the circuit in Montreal after helping to move Esteban Gutiérrez's damaged car.

The marshal reportedly attempted to retrieve the radio he had dropped and fell under the wheels of a mobile crane. He was later transferred to the Sacre-Coeur hospital but died as a result of his injuries

Rosberg wins as Germans dominate F1's Monaco GP

Nico Rosberg (front centre) had begun on pole ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton (front right). Credit: James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

Germany's bumper sporting weekend has continued with Nico Rosberg claiming victory in Formula 1's flagship Monaco Grand Prix ahead of his countryman Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was third, ahead of Rosberg's Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

McLaren's Jenson Button was the next best placed Brit in sixth, while Paul Di Resta was ninth in his Force India and Marussia's Max Chilton finished 14th.

Today's race came after German football giants Bayern Munich were crowned UEFA Champions League winners.

They beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the competition's first final competed by two teams from the Bundesliga.

Sebastian Vettel wins Bahrain F1 Grand Prix

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took his second win in four races this year as he won this year's controversial Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel wins the Formula One Grand Prix. Credit: HOCH ZWEI/DPA/Press Association Images

Activists clashed with police and blocked roads into the capital in a bid to disrupt the race.

Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman says a reform process is under way, and denies using Formula 1 for political gain.

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