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Hamilton sets pace on last day of testing in Spain

Friday - 2/22/2013, 12:42pm  ET

Mercedes GP British driver Lewis Hamilton drives his car during a test session at the Montmelo racetrack near of Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 . (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has overcome wet weather and a cold to record the fastest time of the final day of Formula One preseason testing.

Hamilton, who left McLaren for the German team this season, clocked 1 minute, 23.282 seconds on the Catalunya Circuit.

Former teammate Jenson Button steered his McLaren to the session's second-best lap, followed by Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso.

Practice was interrupted by eight red-flag stoppages for slippery conditions on the track.

Preseason testing returns to northeastern Spain from Feb. 28 to March 3 before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 17.

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