Sebastian Vettel ended Mercedes’ domination of practice in Bahrain by topping the final session on Saturday afternoon ahead of qualifying at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Vettel and Ferrari struggled to match the pace of Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on Friday, but managed to finish P1 thanks to a super-soft run late on.
Vettel produced a fastest lap of 1:31.683 to finish 0.040 seconds clear of teammate Kimi Raikkonen at the head of the timesheets.
Rosberg and Hamilton had set identical lap times on the soft compound tire before making the switch over to super-softs with 15 minutes remaining in the session, elevating them into first and second place respectively.
However, Ferrari showed signs of its pace for the first time over the weekend as Vettel and Raikkonen went four-tenths of a second quicker with their laps, leaving the Mercedes pair with one final chance to hit back.
Despite heading out again on the super-softs, neither Rosberg nor Hamilton opted to chase a flying lap time, leaving them third and fourth respectively in the classification.
Valtteri Bottas finished fifth for Williams, while Haas enjoyed a strong session as Romain Grosjean finished sixth with teammate Esteban Gutierrez in eighth, split by Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat.
Felipe Massa followed in ninth for Williams ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who rounded out the top 10 in the sister Red Bull car.
Stoffel Vandoorne’s final practice session ahead of his first F1 qualifying outing was far from ideal as an oil leak cost him track time. The Belgian ultimately finished FP3 14th overall, just 0.04 seconds slower than teammate Jenson Button.
Qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix is live on CNBC from 11am ET on Saturday.
Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.
“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”
With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.
In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).
Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.
“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”
NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.
Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)
450 Class Championship Standings
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)