Vettel quickest in final practice session

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was quickest during the third and final practice session ahead of Qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.

There was nothing between the Mercedes drivers as they were on identical times to the thousandth of a second. Vettel’s loose wheel but during FP2 ended his session and neither Ferrari had a clean run on the Super Soft compound tires so there is a little to play for in the race but it still seems the Mercs are 4-5 tenths quicker over a pace. Then again, Nico Rosberg says the cooler temps may work against his Mercedes under the lights.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m31.683s 22
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m31.723s 0.040s 13
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.104s 0.421s 18
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.160s 0.477s 14
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m32.675s 0.992s 18
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m33.082s 1.399s 14
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m33.113s 1.430s 10
8 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m33.337s 1.654s 14
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m33.363s 1.680s 18
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m33.519s 1.836s 20
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.569s 1.886s 16
12 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m33.617s 1.934s 9
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m33.704s 2.021s 12
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m33.744s 2.061s 11
15 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m33.778s 2.095s 20
16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.003s 2.320s 20
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.013s 2.330s 15
18 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.128s 2.445s 16
19 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.281s 2.598s 15
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m34.424s 2.741s 9
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m35.546s 3.863s 15
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m35.724s 4.041s 16