Valtteri Bottas closed out practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix at the top of the timesheets in a close-fought FP3 at Interlagos that saw all four Formula 1 drivers from Mercedes and Ferrari be covered by just 0.058 seconds.

After seeing Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton finish fastest in both sessions on Friday, Bottas stepped up and shot to the front of the pack in Saturday's final practice, recording a fastest lap time of 1:09.281 on his second flying lap on a set of super-soft tyres.

Bottas was closely followed by Hamilton, with the recently-crowned world champion finishing just three-thousandths of a second off the pace in P2 as Mercedes scored its third straight one-two finish in practice.

Having run relatively clear at the front of the pack on Friday, Mercedes faced a stiffer challenge from Ferrari through Saturday's final practice as Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen took P3 and P4 respectively, both finishing within 0.058s of Bottas' time at the head of the field.

Red Bull had a tough session as Daniel Ricciardo finished almost a second off the pace in P5, while teammate Max Verstappen spent much of the session in the pits due to an engine issue, before suffering a spin later on when trying to put in a representative timed lap. The Dutchman ultimately finished FP3 ninth-fastest.

Fernando Alonso led the midfield runners by taking sixth for McLaren ahead of the Force India duo of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, while Carlos Sainz Jr. completed the top 10 for Renault, finishing just behind former teammate Verstappen.

Lance Stroll was the only driver who failed to put in a timed lap in FP3, having stopped on-track early after completing just a single tour of the circuit.


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