Mercedes sent a commanding message to their rivals in the third and final free practice session in Malaysia by topping the times by over a second to their nearest rival.
Once again Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was the closest driver to the Mercedes duo but it was Nico Rosberg who topped the times, leading team-mate Lewis Hamilton by two tenths of a second. After Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel was the lead Red Bull driver ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo. Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, and Sergio Perez rounded out a top ten separated by two seconds. It was a troublesome session for McLaren who were struggling with sensor issues. Kevin Magnussen failed to set a lap-time while Jenson Button’s effort was 26 seconds off the pace. Lotus managed to get some running under their belts after a woeful Friday but ended the session in 15th and 16th.
Mercedes are looking strong going into qualifying but with the threat of rain looming it could give the order a shake-up.