2014 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix - Third free practice

04:05
We will be back for qualifying at 5pm local time (GMT +11)
04:05
Stay tuned to the website for a session report and the full results
04:04
Button and Alonso slot in between the works Mercedes pair
04:04
But team-mate Hamilton failed to set a time on the Soft rubber
04:04
So Rosberg ends final practice at the top of the timesheets
04:02
The Venezuelan steps out of his car as a terrible FP3 concludes for Lotus
05:46
Maldonado has ground to a halt in the Lotus
04:01
The chequered flag comes out to signal the end of the session
04:01
Button has another off track moment at the Turn 9/10 chicane
03:59
He is told to return to the pits at the end of the lap
03:58
The German appears to be trialling new engine maps
03:58
Vettel reports horrible driveability on his latest run
03:56
That will, like Gutierrez, mean a grid penalty for the Finn
03:56
Williams confirms that Bottas will also be undergoing a gearbox change
03:55
Lots of drivers sliding around as they get used to the sport's new regulations
03:54
The Dane is currently leading the way in terms of mileage on 19 laps
03:53
"The tyres are gone already," reports Button's rookie team-mate, Magnussen
03:52
Button says the wind is "very strong in places"
03:52
That will also mean a five-place grid penalty for the Mexican
03:52
03:51
Sauber confirms a gearbox change for Gutierrez, which it hopes to carry out before qualifying gets underway later this afternoon
03:51
Button goes P2, albeit 1.4 seconds adrift of pace-setter Rosberg
03:49
"Still struggling with the fronts," says Ricciardo
03:49
He takes his Ferrari through the gravel trap
03:49
Raikkonen is another to have run wide at Turn 9
03:47
Plenty of dust just coming out of Magnussen's front brakes
03:47
That explains why he failed to make an improvement
03:46
Replays show Hamilton making a mistake at the Turn 9/10 chicane
03:46
"Nothing is solved!" Grosjean shouts over the radio
03:45
Grosjean, out for another run in the Lotus, is getting increasingly frustrated
03:45
Hamilton went fastest of all through the first sector, but his lap deteriorated
03:44
Rosberg retakes the top spot with a 1:29.375
03:43
03:43
As is team-mate and pace-setter Hamilton
03:43
Rosberg is now lapping on the Soft tyres
03:42
Massa slides his way through Turn 10
03:41
It's not looking good at Sauber this weekend...
03:41
"It's all over the place. It's so bad!" Sutil tells his race engineer over the radio
03:40
Hulkenberg moves up to second, six hundredths back on Hamilton
03:40
Hulkenberg and Maldonado are the first drivers to switch to the Soft tyres
03:39
No times from Bottas, Gutierrez or Grosjean
03:39
Mercedes reports that the thermal elbow protector came loose on Rosberg's car
03:38
The Finn is still readapting to life at Ferrari
03:38
"You have to be more precise with telling me the switches," says Raikkonen
03:35
Bottas is out of his race suit, suggesting his session is over
03:33
03:33
Alonso improves to go fourth, displacing Vettel
03:31
Vettel, Raikkonen and Alonso are the three drivers currently on track
03:30
Raikkonen has jumped to fifth with his first timed lap
03:30
Vettel is up to fourth position in the Red Bull
03:29
Pirelli's Soft tyre is yet to appear in this session
03:29
"The tyres are finished," says Rosberg at the end of an eight-lap run on Mediums
03:26
03:26
The skies are clearing at Albert Park as we approach the halfway mark
03:25
Replays show Perez and Ericsson running through the gravel at Turn 13
03:25
"Unbelievable," the Frenchman says over the radio
03:24
More bad news for Grosjean, who reports an engine misfire
03:24
Meanwhile, replays show team-mate Rosberg holding an item, which appears to be from his car, before pulling to the side of the track and throwing it into the grass
03:23
He reports overheating tyres soon after
03:22
Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:30.919
03:22
Button reports "very poor" traction on his latest run
03:22
The Venezuelan is 10th fastest at the moment
03:21
Maldonado runs off the track at Turn 12
03:20
Gutierrez's session is over after his earlier issue
03:19
Massa goes third in the Williams
03:19
The works Mercedes drivers move to the top of the timesheets. Hamilton delivers a 1m31.7s before Rosberg clocks a 1:31.583
03:17
03:17
Button now goes fastest for McLaren, lapping in 1:32.604
03:16
Button reports more rear-locking in the McLaren, after his off-track excursion
03:15
Good news for Caterham, with both Ericsson and Kobayashi on track
03:15
Button makes exactly the same error as team-mate Magnussen
03:15
Raikkonen is back out, with his radio issue apparently resolved
03:14
Fellow rookie Magnussen runs straight on at Turn 9, but safely returns to the track
03:13
After a flurry of times, rookie Kvyat now leads on 1:33.079
03:13
Vergne delivers the first time of the session, clocking a 1:35.505
03:12
He crawls his way back to the pit lane
03:12
"Something is wrong. I think something with the gearbox," reports Gutierrez
03:11
Gutierrez is running extremely slowly in the Sauber
03:10
03:10
Ferrari confirms a radio issue for Raikkonen
03:10
Rain had been expected by many weather outlets heading into the weekend, with Melbourne used to showcasing all four seasons in one day
03:06
"There is rain expected within 10 minutes," Gutierrez is told over the radio
03:05
Some work going on in Raikkonen's cockpit
03:04
Perez and Ricciardo now head out
03:03
Lots of practice starts at the end of the pit lane, with no major dramas so far
03:02
Just the Red Bulls, Raikkonen and Perez yet to appear
03:02
After completing just three laps between them during the opening two sessions yesterday, Kobayashi and Ericsson are on track for Caterham
03:01
Plenty more cars heading out within the first minute
03:01
Vergne is the first driver out for Toro Rosso
03:00
The final practice session gets underway
03:00
For reference, air and track temperatures are sitting at 27°C and 35°C respectively, with wind speed registering 13 m/s
02:59
Flags are waving wildly around the circuit as the start of the session approaches
03:05
The outfit used one of its curfew 'jokers' overnight, as did rivals Marussia
02:57
02:57
After a troubled first day, Lotus appears to be ready to go from the off in FP3
05:54
Tyre wise, Pirelli has brought its Soft (Yellow) and Medium (White) compounds
02:55
Controlled by one detection point before the apex of Turn 14, they have been placed along the main straight and run between Turns 2 and 3
02:54
As a reminder, there are again two DRS zones at Albert Park this season
02:54
It's still dry in Melbourne, but the skies are overcast and there is a fairly strong wind
02:53
Now the drivers have one more hour to make final changes before qualifying
02:52
Mercedes topped the timesheets 24 hours ago, with Lewis Hamilton edging out Nico Rosberg
02:51
Hello and welcome to live coverage of final practice for the Australian Grand Prix!