Sidepodcast - All for F1 and F1 for all

F1 encyclopedia

Free Practice 3 results - Australian Grand Prix 2015 - Vettel splits the Mercedes duo in final Melbourne practice

Maldonado highlights Lotus improvements
Credit: Pirelli S.p.A.

With Mercedes on top for the third session in a row, it was Lewis Hamilton’s turn to take the fastest lap over teammate Nico Rosberg. Sebastian Vettel managed to split the two Mercedes drivers, finishing second, and with about half a second of pace over teammate Kimi Räikkönen.

Red Bull were struggling, with Daniel Ricciardo already using up one of his four available engines for the season, and Daniil Kvyat suffering an exhaust fire during the final practice session.

McLaren participated in the session, which is more than the Manor team could achieve, but found themselves lacking pace and focusing on gathering data instead.

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:27.86711
2Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:28.56313
3Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:28.82114
4Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:28.91214
5Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:28.98818
6Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:29.01713
7Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team1:29.48112
8Pastor MaldonadoLotus F1 Team1:29.86415
9Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:29.86919
10Felipe NasrSauber F1 Team1:29.93424
11Max VerstappenScuderia Toro Rosso1:29.95216
12Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1:30.61321
13Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:30.74114
14Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:30.99317
15Daniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:31.18510
16Kevin MagnussenMcLaren Honda1:31.39114
17Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda1:31.66613
18Daniil KvyatInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:32.8306