Nico Rosberg has led a Mercedes one-two in the final practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Rosberg was just under two-tenths faster than his team-mate, who was complaining that his brakes were “all over the place” after he found himself constantly locking up early on in the session.

The two Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were next quickest with almost identical times. Just 0.02 seconds separated the pair, who were half a second off the Mercedes pace. Raikkonen also had a run-in with his former team-mate Romain Grosjean, when he accused the Lotus driver of turning in on him as he tried to pass.

The Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas ended the session with 0.01 seconds the difference between them. Daniel Ricciardo was two-tenths of a second behind while his team-mate Daniil Kvyat, who struggled with the setup of his car, was further down the pack in 13th.

Roberto Merhi had another spin in his Manor, although he managed to get the car out of the gravel unlike FP2 where he brought out the red flag. Merhi also posted a time within 107% of the fastest lap of the session, his team-mate Will Stevens failed to make the 107% time as he could only manage six laps due to electrical issues.

Both Toro Rosso drivers made another appearance in the top ten, with Carlos Sainz Jr finishing in eigth and Max Verstappen two-tenths of a second behind in ninth. Marcus Ericsson rounded out the top ten in the Sauber.

Saturday’s qualifying session at Sepang begins at 17:00 local time (GMT +8).


2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix – Free Practice 3 Results
Pos Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:39.690 13
2. Lewis Hamilton uk Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:39.874 + 0.184 10
3. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:40.245 + 0.555 9
4. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:40.266 + 0.576 13
5. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:40.391 + 0.701 14
6. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:40.406 + 0.716 15
7. Daniel Ricciardo au Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:40.590 + 0.900 19
8. Carlos Sainz Jr. es Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:40.601 + 0.911 19
9. Max Verstappen nl Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:40.989 + 1.299 18
10. Marcus Ericsson se Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:41.200 + 1.510 19
11. Romain Grosjean fr Lotus F1 Team Mercedes Ere Hybrid 1:41.206 + 1.516 16
12. Pastor Maldonado ve Lotus F1 Team Mercedes Ere Hybrid 1:41.592 + 1.902 18
13. Daniil Kvyat ru Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:41.776 + 2.086 14
14. Nico Hülkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08 1:41.804 + 2.114 15
15. Fernando Alonso es McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:41.991 + 2.301 13
16. Sergio Pérez mx Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08 1:42.100 + 2.410 14
17. Felipe Nasr br Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:42.117 + 2.427 18
18. Jenson Button uk McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:42.319 + 2.629 13
19. Roberto Merhi es Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:46.647 + 6.957 9
20. Will Stevens uk Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:47.059 + 7.369 6

Image via Mercedes AMG F1 Petronas

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