Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: FP3 as it happened

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Follow all the action from FP3 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live right here.

19:03 Here’s the final order for you.  Please do join us for Qualifying at 21:00, and until then take it easy!  We’ll be back soon.

19:00 And that’s it for FP3, and for all practice sessions in 2017!  Lewis Hamilton is on top, but can he deliver when it counts in Qualifying?

18:57 Verstappen has tried again, but no improvement from the Red Bull man. The Dutchman isn’t happy with his RB13, and he’s informed his engineer aware of the fact.  He pits.  Meanwhile, is there trouble brewing at McLaren?

18:52 Max Verstappen has managed P5, but he’s nearly a second down on Hamilton and four tenths down on Vettel in P4.  Red Bull with ground to make up.

18:47 Hamilton has produced a monster of a lap and fires in a time half a second faster than Raikkonen in P2! Bottas has run into trouble on his first attempt on new tyres, but his second lap sees him improve to P2, 0.273 seconds down on his teammate.

18:42 Raikkonen has had a go on a new set of ultrasofts, and the Finn goes fastest by 0.002 seconds!  Teammate Vettel is a fraction slower, and the top three are currently covered by 0.017 seconds!

18:37 We’ve had a bit of an interruption with an umbrella finding its way on to the track! The VSC is out for a moment, before a marshal removes the obstruction, and we’re back underway!

18:32 About halfway through the session now, we still have Mercedes on top.  Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso has been troubling the top ten with some sharp laps.  Can the McLaren-Honda partnership end on a high this weekend?

18:27 Both Mercedes drivers have had another go with Hamilton leading the way, half a second clear of Bottas in P2.

18:22 Lewis Hamilton stamps his authority on proceedings by going three tenths clear at the top of the charts.

18:17 It’s all Ferrari at the top as Sebastian Vettel goes P2, 0.153 seconds down on Raikkonen.  Bottas is half a tenth slower in P3.

18:12 Oddly, none of the drivers seem overly eager to get out on track, probably because the beautiful sunshine we have at the moment won’t be around for Qualifying.  Finally, Kimi Raikkonen sets a flying lap and takes over at the top with a 1.38.999.

18:07 Stoffel Vandoorne gets us underway with a 1.41.103.

18:02 On comes the green light, it’s time for the final practice session of the year! Out come Vettel, Wehrlein and Bottas.

17:57 And here’s confirmation of track conditions for you…

17:52 As should be expected from Abu Dhabi, there’s no sight of rain, with plenty of late afternoon sunshine and a hint of wind.

17:45 15 minutes to go, and the teams are just readying themselves for that all-important final hour of practice.

17:40 Abi Dhabi always produces a unique challenge for the teams; the difference in temperatures between day and night and the transition that takes place during the race itself means that the goalposts are constantly shifting.

17:35 Yesterday was a close run thing, with Lewis Hamilton fastest for Mercedes in FP2.

17:30 Hello there, welcome back to FOX Sports Asia’s coverage of FP3 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!  We’re 30 minutes away from the action, so sit tight!

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