Brendon Hartley crashes Toro Rosso in Spanish GP practice

Brendon Hartley suffers huge crash in final practice ahead of Spanish Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton goes fastest in

Lewis Hamilton will start this afternoon's qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix as the outright favourite after leading team mate Valtteri Bottas in the third free practice session.

With just a few minutes to go, Brendon Hartley was the victim of a big shunt, clipping the grass on the outside at Turn 9 before heading to the barriers.

Thankfully the New Zealander appeared unhurt in the collision after clambering out of the vehicle and reporting he was "ok", but appeared shaken as he was taken towards the medical auto.

Hartley brought the on-track action to a premature end after losing the rear of his auto at the fast Turn 9 right-hander with a couple of minutes remaining.

Hartley also admitted that he didn't know when the impact was coming, having spun on the gravel and hit the barrrier backwards.

Click play on the video above to watch the full clip.

Daniel Ricciardo managed P5 despite spinning at turn 13 late in the session.

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Daniel Ricciardo was fifth for Red Bull but 0.7s off the pace as the team endured a somewhat hard session, with Verstappen spending much of his time in the garage and finishing in 12th place.

Team-mate Max Verstappen only managed a handful of laps with an electrical glitch keeping him in the garage for the majority of the session. According to the team, he pressed the overtake button while attempting a practice start and the combination caused a malfunction that kept his vehicle in the garage for the rest of the session.

Both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were quickly up to speed, putting themselves once again in contention for "best of the rest" honours for this afternoon.

Pierre Gasly completed the top 10, while Hartley's crash prevented any final improvements.

Nico Hulkenberg was 11th fastest ahead of Verstappen's out-of-position Red Bull, Esteban Ocon, Stoffel Vandoorne and another impressive performance from Charles Leclerc in the Sauber.

Marcus Ericsson took P18 ahead of the two Williams, who suffered another disappointing session.

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