WATCH LIVE: Bahrain GP qualifying on CNBC and Live Extra from 11am ET

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Lewis Hamilton may have topped the timesheets in the third and final practice session on Saturday afternoon in Bahrain, but the pace shown by Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel suggests that Mercedes will face a stiff fight for pole position in qualifying.

Just 0.069 seconds separated Hamilton and Vettel at the top of the timesheets in FP3, with Ferrari proving that it is not just on the long runs that it could pose a serious threat to Mercedes at the front.

With Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen lagging behind their teammates in third and fourth place respectively, both drivers will be hoping to up their game during qualifying and put on a show under the lights.

You can watch qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 11am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Curiously, Hamilton has never started the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole position. The Briton’s record this season has been perfect in 2015, with three poles in three races, meaning that something has to give during today’s session.

Going on this race alone, it is Rosberg who is the form qualifier, having secured P1 on the grid for the last two races in Bahrain. That said, both Vettel and Raikkonen have fared well here before, meaning we are in for a great four-way fight at the front of the field.

Further back, be sure to keep an eye on the close fight between the likes of Red Bull, Lotus, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Force India and even McLaren in the midfield, with none of the teams looking comfortable in the top ten or assured a place in Q3 today.

You can watch qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 11am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.