Kimi Raikkonen was once again the fastest man today having topped the third practice timesheet in the Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).
Raikkonen had a quickest time of 1 minute 29.868 seconds while logging 15 laps of work in the hour-long afternoon session.
The Ferrari ace almost matched his best lap time from the night before in the weekend’s second practice, when he also went below the minute-and-a-half mark to finish atop the classification.
Raikkonen was classified half-a-second ahead of the Red Bull Racing pair of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. Verstappen was 0.525 seconds slower while Ricciardo was 0.584s off the pace.
Defending drivers’ World champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth 0.823s back, while Raikkonen’s Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel was fifth 0.851s adrift.
Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top six 0.913s from matching Raikkonen.
Ranked seventh through 10th, respectively, were Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz of Renault, Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso and three-time Bahrain Grand Prix winner Fernando Alonso of McLaren.
With those results, it was the second practice in a row in Bahrain that the six fastest times were from the top three teams. They will all be vying for pole position when they return to BIC’s 5.412-kilometre track for Qualifying, to be held later on Saturday starting at 6pm.