Bahrain Grand Prix: FP3 as it happened

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

21:05 Thank you for joining us for the final free practice session of the weekend! We’ll be back at 23:00 to cover qualifying for you. See you soon!

21:00 Checkered flag! That’s it for FP3 then. Verstappen fastest for Red Bull, but who will claim pole in two hours’ time?

20:59 The answer is yes! Verstappen and Hamilton both leapfrog the German, with the Duthcman fastest.
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20:57 Into the final few minutes now, and Massa has gone P4, only half a tenth down on Vettel. Can anyone catch the German?

20:53 Vettel takes over at the top, only 0.004 seconds quicker than Bottas. Only 0.035 seconds cover the top three.

20:47 Mistakes from both of the red cars, but it is Raikkonen that goes fastest with a 1.32.7, until Bottas pips him by just 0.031 seconds.

20:44 The session has been restarted, and the Ferrari duo are straight out on supersoft tyres…

20:42 Disaster! Romain Grosjean has been complaining about his Haas all session, from oversteer to the front wing, and now the Frenchman has spun his car into the barriers after running wide through Turn 4. The red flag is out. However, Grosjean has managed to make his way back to the pits all on his own power, suggesting that the car isn’t too heavily damaged.

20:37 The Mercedes power unit in the Williams is clearly doing the business, but Vandoorne’s rather modest top speed shows why McLaren are unlikely to be challenging for glory this weekend…

20:33 The Silver Arrows man is fastest in the first two sectors but makes a complete mess of the final corner and crosses the line in P13. Meanwhile, Felipe Massa lowers the benchmark to 1.33.720.

20:30 Bottas is the first of the frontrunners to head out for a flying lap. The Finn is on supersoft tyres…

20:27 Daniil Kvyat has taken over at the top with a 1.33.9, while Stoffel Vandoorne goes P3, 0.290 seconds slower.

20:24 Lance Stroll joins the action on a set of supersoft tyres, but the rookie only manages a 1.36.0. The Renault pair of Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer have also come out to play on softs, and they go P3 and P6 respectively, with Palmer losing a lot of time due to a lock-up.

20:20 Nothing too significant to report at the moment, except that Carlos Sainz has leapfrogged the Force India’s to take P1. The Spaniard did use supersoft tyres though…

20:15 Lewis Hamilton has been on the radio to inform Mercedes that his brakes aren’t quite working as desired.
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20:10 Esteban Ocon sets the first lap time of the day for Force India, a 1.34.415, on soft tyres. Teammate Sergio Perez is next up and manages a slightly more modest 1.34.869.

20:05 About half of the the drivers have been out for an installation lap on medium tyres, but no times yet…

20:00 Green light, let’s get to it! Sainz, Grosjean and Vettel head straight out, and are swiftly joined by Vandoorne.

19:55 While the teams will be eager to learn as much as possible in this session in order to finalize their preparations, both qualifying and the race will take place under the floodlights, with cooler temperatures, which is likely to change car behavior…

19:50 Ten minutes until the light turns green. The teams will be doing their work with an air temperature of 35 degrees, and a track temperature of 39 degrees.

19:45 It was also a positive end to Friday for Red Bull, as Daniel Ricciardo showed strong pace to lap within a tenth of a second of fastest man Vettel. Could the Austrian outfit get in amongst the Mercedes/Ferrari duel this weekend?
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19:40 Kimi Raikkonen had a tough start to his weekend’s running as a power unit issue meant he lost a big chunk of track time in FP1, but the Finn’s pace during the long runs in FP2 was impressive. Raikkonen has been on the Bahrain podium on no less than eight occasions, so there’s certainly something about the heat of Bahrain that works for the famously ice cold Ferrari man.
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19:35 It was Sebastian Vettel who set the pace for Ferrari in FP2, but the German and the rest of the top five (Bottas, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Hamilton) were covered by only 0.268 seconds.
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19:30 Hello and welcome to FOX Sports Asia’s coverage of FP3 for the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix. The cars are about 30 minutes away from hitting the track, so get ready!

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