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"If anyone wants to approach me or any other drivers, I am sure we can give some good insight into. how it could be better".
The Italian marque won the first two races of the season in Australia and Bahrain and were also in contention to win the next two races in China and Bahrain after Sebastian Vettel took pole position in both the races.
That said, the Mercedes was not alone in failing to get the one-lap shoes in step in the blustery conditions.
Mercedes held the top two positions for the first half of the session as Hamilton led Bottas by 0.029s on a 1m17.844s after their first runs on soft tyres.
Crowd-favorite Fernando Alonso was sixth fastest with McLaren in the morning but was 12th in the second session.
"You have got two of the longest straights, but maybe when you drive it will be fun", Hamilton said. "I looked at the tower and I saw my name didn't go up, but we expected Mercedes to be strong so we will see what happens tomorrow".
A good starting position is crucial in Spain as there are not many overtaking opportunities.
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The potential hurdle of the Supersoft tyre is also likely to have been overcome with the top six all opting to set their best Q2 time on the Soft rubber.
Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean of Haas were among those who went into the gravel. Bottas topped F1 while Hamilton was ahead in FP2 and marginally ahead of his team-mate in third and final practice this morning.
Romain Grosjean, who crashed under the safety vehicle in Azerbaijan, was the first to face trouble in the afternoon session, losing control of his Haas and getting stuck on the gravel.
Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen suffered a power unit problem.
Ferrari caught the eye with wing mirrors mounted on the halo head protection device.
The Kiwi had a very heavy shunt in the final practice session and the mechanics were still working on his auto when qualifying began. The rear end fell apart as the auto was being hoisted by a crane.
Ricciardo, who crashed with Verstappen in Azerbaijan, had a tough start to his weekend in Barcelona by hitting a tire barrier midway through the first session, losing a lot of track time.
Stroll almost hit the tire barriers after going off the track with about a half-hour left in the session.
The virtual safety auto was deployed briefly, with Ricciardo's vehicle running across the gravel and into the barriers, with several others also spinning.