2014 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix - Third free practice

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Hello and welcome to live text coverage of final practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix!
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Mercedes dominated Friday's two sessions, with Lewis Hamilton leading the way from team-mate Nico Rosberg
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Now the drivers have one more, 60-minute session to fine tune their cars before qualifying
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FP3 will take place in day-time conditions, before we see the floodlights switched on again for the grid-deciding hour
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Soft (Yellow) and Medium (White) compound tyres to Sakhir
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There are also two DRS zones in place, controlled by separate detection points
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The first comes along the back straight, with the second situated on the main straight
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The track opens and FP1 is underway!
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Maldonado is the first driver out of the pits
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He is followed by a clutch of rival cars
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All drivers on the Medium compound so far
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Friday pace-setter Hamilton appears in his Mercedes
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Just the McLaren and Williams drivers yet to appear
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Sutil posts the first time of the session, lapping in 1:44.515
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The Sauber driver has caused a storm by revealing that he will be racing without a drinks bottle this weekend, as he battles to stay at a suitable weight
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For thoughts on the current situation, be sure to read our column on the website
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Ericsson moves to the front on 1:42.360
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Maldonado is another on an early flying lap
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He successfully navigates Turn 4 this time around, avoiding a repeat of his high-flying moment during second practice
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Maldonado now fastest with a 1:41.275
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Grosjean makes it a Lotus one-two shortly after
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The Frenchman, however, is unhappy with the front-end of his car
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Kobayashi locks up and runs wide at Turn 11
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Ricciardo puts his Red Bull on top with a 1:39.672
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Maldonado is another to run wide at Turn 11
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Kvyat goes P1 with a time of 1:38.666
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Conditions are, of course, extremely different to those experienced in FP2
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Magnussen heads out for McLaren
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Vettel the latest to slide off at Turn 11
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Ferrari duo Raikkonen and Alonso have slotted into second and third
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Turn 11 continues to cause problems, as Magnussen runs wide
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The wind speed and direction has changed since second practice
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Button takes his McLaren out for the first time today
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That leaves just Massa and Bottas without laps to their name
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The Williams drivers were not concerned about their limited mileage on Friday, arguing that the team has plenty of data from pre-season testing
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Both Mercedes machines are lapping and immediately on the pace
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Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:37.340
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Rosberg runs wide at Turn 11 and backs off
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Bottas now getting strapped into his cockpit
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Hulkenberg goes second, but Button steals the position moments later
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"I have absolutely no grip," says Grosjean over the radio
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Rosberg edges out Hamilton with a 1:37.252
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Massa and Bottas finally head out for Williams
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Strong opening laps from the pair; Bottas goes third, with Massa fourth
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Raikkonen heads out on the Soft tyres
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Vettel has beached his car in the Turn 2 gravel trap
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Replays show the rear simply snapping away
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Vettel is safely out of his car, but that is surely the end of the German's session
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We're into the final 15 minutes of the session
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Expect to see a flurry of Soft tyre runs in the closing stages
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Pace-setters Rosberg and Hamilton now head out on the Option rubber
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Rosberg goes fastest of all through the first sector
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Hamilton is purple in the second part of the lap
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Rosberg's Soft tyre effort is a 1:35.439
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But Hamilton goes P1 on 1:35.324
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Hulkenberg up to third, with Ricciardo slotting into fourth
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Perez laps quicker than team-mate Hulkenberg to take P3
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Plenty more improvements coming on the Softs
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Alonso puts his Ferrari fourth, with team-mate Raikkonen up to sixth
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Button up to fourth for McLaren
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Magnussen has a slow final sector and goes eighth
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Bottas goes fourth in the Williams
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The ever-impressive Kvyat takes P8
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Massa slots into fifth, just behind team-mate Bottas
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The chequered flag comes out, bringing FP3 to an end
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Mercedes stays on top, with Hamilton again getting the better of Rosberg
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Perez finishes third for Force India, ahead of Williams duo Bottas and Massa
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Button follows in sixth, with Alonso, Hulkenberg, Kvyat and Raikkonen completing the top ten
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Red Bull finish the session 13th and 21st, with Ricciardo ahead after Vettel's spin
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Stay tuned to the website for a report, full results, the latest news and photos
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We will be back for qualifying, which gets underway at 6pm local time (GMT +3)