2015 Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix - Third free practice

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Behind, Perez splits Ferrari pair Vettel and Raikkonen
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So Rosberg stays on top, ahead of Hamilton
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Nasr climbs to 13th with his final lap of the session
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Hulkenberg stays seventh despite early signs of an improvement
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Raikkonen loses time in the final sector and has to settle for fifth
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The chequered flag comes out, with times on the way
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Alonso calls Stevens and Grosjean "idiots" for blocking him
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Replays show a piece of bodywork flying off Alonso's car
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Here's a look at the Hamilton/Rosberg close call:
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Raikkonen can only go fifth, eight tenths adrift
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Another strong lap from Perez puts him fourth
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Vettel goes third, 0.329s down on Rosberg's Mercedes
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Hamilton was pushing, while Rosberg had backed off
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Replays show Hamilton getting very close to Rosberg's car
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Ricciardo jumps to third, albeit almost a second down on Rosberg
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Bottas made a couple of mistakes on that lap
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Massa and Bottas go third and fifth for Williams
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Hamilton clocks a 1:42.137 after his sloppy start to the run
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Rosberg improves to 1:41.856 at the front
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...but he runs wide at the Turn 5/6 chicane and backs off
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Hamilton now sets a purple first sector time...
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Rosberg, on the softer tyre, goes quickest with a 1:42.196
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Hamilton and Rosberg head out on the Super Soft rubber
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Kvyat's car is still up on jacks, as mechanics work on a fix
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We're edging closer to the late performance runs
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Plenty of drivers are heading back to the pit lane now
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Replays show team-mate Grosjean locking up at the Turn 8/9 chicane
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Maldonado and Lotus now top the speed trap on 334.2 km/h
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It looks as though Alonso will be spending a little longer in the garage:
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We should see drivers switch to the Super Soft rubber shortly
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But he's not doing enough to lower his overall benchmark
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Hamilton still posting occasional personal best sector times
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He appears to have some discomfort in one of his thumbs
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Alonso gets some help from his physio at the back of the garage
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His Force India engineers will now take a look at the telemetry
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"The downshifts are giving me quite a lot of rear lock," says Perez
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That will explain why his last lap took a turn for the worse
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Replays show Hamilton spinning out at the exit of Turn 6
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Some brilliant car control from the Williams driver there
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Replays show Bottas sliding his way out of the final corner
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His engineer says the downtime should only be "brief"
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"We have an electrical issue with the engine," Kvyat is told
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...but the lap time gradually fades away
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Hamilton posts another purple first sector time...
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Hamilton now moves a tenth clear on a 1:43.078
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Plenty of drivers have done the same so far this weekend
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Replays show Massa drifting his way through the second chicane
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Rosberg splits the Ferrari drivers with his first time
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Replays show Vettel going for a half spin at the first corner
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Vettel improves his time, cutting the gap to six tenths
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Rosberg and Hamilton head out for the first time today
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"I struggled a bit on the last part with the rear," Raikkonen comments
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Raikkonen's lap is almost a second up on Vettel's
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Raikkonen and Vettel move ahead moments later
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Sainz Jr. now goes fastest with a 1:44.300
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Sainz Jr. jumps to third, ahead of Hulkenberg and Bottas
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Mercedes and Red Bull still yet to send their drivers out
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Hamilton is waiting patiently by the side of his car
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Massa slots into second, just 0.069s adrift
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Perez, third yesterday, moves to the front on 1:44.306
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"Sometimes he's a bit hard to follow," his engineer adds
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Hulkenberg is told to overtake Massa if possible
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As expected, all drivers are on the Soft compound at the moment
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Merhi and Stevens are the next to post times in their Manors
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Nasr gets the first time on the board, clocking a 1:46.061
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Plenty more drivers quick to head out for some early laps
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Nasr is the first driver to head out on track in his Sauber
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The green light comes on at the end of the pit lane - FP3 begins!
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For reference, air and track temperatures are sitting at 27°C and 32°C
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The first is between Turns 7 & 8, with the second between Turns 10 & 11
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There are two DRS zones in place, controlled by separate detection points
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As a reminder, the compounds available are the Super Soft (Red) and Soft (Yellow)
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Mercedes again enjoyed a comfortable advantage over the field, with Sergio Perez and Force India the 'best of the rest' after switching tyres later in FP2
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Nico Rosberg led the way on Friday, ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton
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But it is nonetheless useful for some final pre-qualifying checks
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As per FP1, this final session will not be representative, with air and track temperatures gradually dropping as the sun sets and floodlights switch on
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It's early to mid afternoon and pleasantly warm at the Yas Marina Circuit
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Welcome to live coverage of final practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!