World champion Lewis Hamilton beat Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to the quickest time in final practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
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.
Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the quickest time of the day in second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time in free practice one for the Bahrain Grand Prix, leading a Ferrari one-two as the Mercedes cars languished near the bottom of the timesheets.
The MP4-30 appears to behave fairly well around the fast sweeps of the Shanghai International Circuit.
Valtteri Bottas: "It was a normal Friday for us without any mistakes or unknowns."
Lewis Hamilton topped the times in both sessions, with Nico Rosberg finishing the morning in P2 and the afternoon in P5.
Lewis Hamilton stayed on top of the times in second practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, as Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg finished down in fifth.
Robert Fernley: "We obviously still have a lot of work to do ahead of qualifying, but from a learning perspective we’ve achieved a lot today.”
Fernando Alonso: "The car feels consistent and easy to drive, and it’s giving me the confidence to push it to the limit."
Daniil Kvyat: "There is definitely potential and things are looking better compared to Melbourne,"
Both Sauber C34-Ferraris ran without any major issues.
Lotus F1 Team opened-up strongly but Romain Grosjean experienced a loss of power in the afternoon.