Hello and welcome to ESPN's live coverage of third and final practice from Sakhir ahead of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
This is another rather unrepresentative session for the drivers as it's an early session in the heat, wheras qualifying and the race take place in the evening under lights.
@LYNGGAARD: A bit windy, but nothing out of the ordinary. Certainly the rumoured sandstorms haven't materialised so far.
Good read for you this morning. As if Raikkonen needed any more motivation to score well this weekend...
Good to see Eric is feeling well enough to tweet this morning. Eric, for those who don't know, is the official account of Jenson Button's power unit.
Mark Webber tweeted after this morning's GP2 feature race with something that's likely to stir some debate. Keen to know your thoughts on the following....
Just the hour for this session, remember.
@krishna: Strategy is part of what makes F1 interesting, the ability for some teams to do fewer stops than others. Forcing them to do two would nullify that slightly.
Likely teams will be chasing different data in this session, with the higher temperatures limiting the amount of relevant data they can gather.
The track is green and the two Ferraris are the first men out on track.
@LYNGGAARD: Only because Raikkonen's contract is currently news.
@Bjorn: The problem is, F1 needs a tyre supplier which makes tyres which degrades quickly - like the current Pirellis. A company like Bridgestone has little interest in entering on those terms.
@rockedin123: There is an 'option' on his contract but it seems that option is triggered by Ferrari.
Early installation laps being completed. Good sign for McLaren as Button is one of the early drivers out on track.
Seeing a replay of Button having a big, big lock-up through the middle sector.
Some interesting chatter in the paddock today about Vettel not getting a penalty for what looked like a an unsafe release in FP2, as his wheel may not have been attached properly before his incident with Perez.
@Houstontifosi: I think Hamilton has proved he's much better at tyre management than people thought.
Button complaining he has very little rear grip.
@ShreyKundra: Hamilton suggested to Sky Sports yesterday that Vettel and Alonso have number one driver clauses in their contracts.
Nasr goes to the top of the timing screen with a :38.095.
@Praveen: Yes, Mercedes seemed to be focusing solely on race trim in Fp1 yesterday.
Ericsson can't topple his team-mate from the top of the timing screen, and can only manage third behind Button.