Ferrari leads Mercedes in final practice at Bahrain

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Ferrari have upped their game on Saturday at Bahrain, as both Vettel and Raikkonen were found at the top of the timesheet at the final practice session ahead of qualifying later today. The two Italian cars were closely matched and roughly 4 tenths quicker than the Mercedes pair.

With FP3 usually a tryout session for qualifying runs, Ferrari does look in better shape for qualifying that it had in quite a long time.

Behind the Mercedes duo in third and fourth, Valtteri Bottas was fastest in the Williams, similarly upping his game from yesterday. Romain Grosjean on the other hand was sixth fastest and again looked very handy in the Haas. The rookie team's performance was underlined by Gutierrez who went 8th fastest.

In between them is Kvyat in the Red Bull, with Massa in 9th and Ricciardo in 10th, making Williams, Red Bull and Haas probably midfield competitors this weeked.

Next up is a group with Renault, Sauber, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso. McLaren's drivers were very closely matched this session, marking a solid improvement for Stoffel Vandoorne who found himself a longer way behind his team mate on his first day in the MP4-31. While Toro Rosso and Force India appear to struggle, neither team did a run on the super soft tyres during this session.

Manor meanwhile still have some way to go before they can fight with anybody else, finding themselves again more than a second behind the car in 20th position.

Results

Pos.No.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
15Sebastian VettelFerrari1:31.683-22
27Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:31.723+0.040s13
36Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:32.104+0.421s18
444Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:32.160+0.477s14
577Valtteri BottasWilliams1:32.675+0.992s18
68Romain GrosjeanHaas1:33.082+1.399s14
726Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing1:33.113+1.430s10
821Esteban GutierrezHaas1:33.337+1.654s14
919Felipe MassaWilliams1:33.363+1.680s18
103Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:33.519+1.836s20
119Marcus EricssonSauber1:33.569+1.886s16
1220Kevin MagnussenRenault1:33.617+1.934s9
1322Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:33.704+2.021s12
1447Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:33.744+2.061s11
1533Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:33.778+2.095s20
1655Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:34.003+2.320s20
1712Felipe NasrSauber1:34.013+2.330s15
1827Nico HulkenbergForce India1:34.128+2.445s16
1911Sergio PerezForce India1:34.281+2.598s15
2030Jolyon PalmerRenault1:34.424+2.741s9
2188Rio HaryantoManor1:35.546+3.863s15
2294Pascal WehrleinManor1:35.724+4.041s16