Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was delighted to qualify on the front row for the Bahrain Grand Prix, splitting Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for the second time this year.
Jenson Button put a brave face on his failure to register a lap in qualifying before his McLaren-Honda broke down in Bahrain.
World champion Lewis Hamilton beat Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to the quickest time in final practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Renault's technical chief Rob White admits that Red Bull and Toro Rosso are still vulnerable to power unit failures in the Bahrain Grand Prix as the company has not been able to address all of the causes of the problems in China.
Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the quickest time of the day in second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Hamilton gets P1 with Vettel behind him and Rosberg in third.
Both Mercedes drivers in top 3 splitted by Ferrari's Vettel.
As in China last Friday the Third and Reserve Driver for Lotus F1 Team took over duties behind the wheel from Romain Grosjean in FP1.
Sebastian Vettel: "It’s hard to say if we got closer to Mercedes, everybody seemed to be closer to them but I’m sure they didn’t show everything today."
The E23 Hybrid showed good potential; it was well balanced and reliable with scope for improved pace.
German edges his teammate by one tenth, both Ferrari behind them with Raikkonen in P3. Teams were working through their tyre programs.
Ferrari ends the session 1-2 with Williams' Bottas in third.
Lewis Hamilton: "Last year was my first win here and it was definitely one I'll remember after a great fight with Nico."