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Red Bull manage half a lap in penultimate Bahrain test day - Renault teams continue to struggle, as Massa goes fastest

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Hardest working man on day three is Ericsson in the Caterham
Hardest working man on day three is Ericsson in the CaterhamCredit: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic
Jules has a trouble free morning
Jules has a trouble free morningCredit: Pirelli S.p.A.
Adrian Sutil struggles to get going in Bahrain after more car trouble
Adrian Sutil struggles to get going in Bahrain after more car troubleCredit: Sauber Motorsport AG
Nico recovered from an engine change to post the second fastest time of the day
Nico recovered from an engine change to post the second fastest time of the dayCredit: Mercedes AMG Petronas

The story of Red Bull's fall from grace this pre-season took another turn for the worse today, with Sebastian Vettel climbing in the car after a three hour wait, only to find he couldn't complete the installation lap. On his next attempt, he didn't even make it out of the pitlane, so Red Bull gave up their plans for track time and concentrated their time spent in the garage.

Others had problems too, but none quite so significant as yet another day of lost running for the defending champions. Lotus had electrical issues in the morning and then an energy recovery problem that took too long to fix to get him back out on track again. Likewise, Adrian Sutil completed only one installation lap before coming to a stop at the pit entry with smoke billowing from the car. The Sauber needed an engine change which was also too lengthy a procedure.

This is why we are testing. Of course I would like to drive as much as possible, but you have to look at the overall picture and the team decided to focus on and get ready for the final day of testing tomorrow. I would rather have these issues appearing here at the test than on the first race weekend. It shows how complex the new car and powertrain are and that we are exploring them to the limits.

- Adrian Sutil, F1 driver, Sauber

The Mercedes teams were still having a good time of it, although Nico Rosberg had a bit of a wait to get going after the engine needed changing. However, the team got him out in time to complete over 100 laps and finish second fastest. He pipped Felipe Massa to first place towards the end of the session, but the Brazilian came back out in the last few minutes to regain his P1 placing and set the fastest lap in Bahrain so far this year.

2014 testing - Day 7, Bahrain
1F MassaWilliams F1 Team1:33.25899
2N RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:33.484103
3K RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:35.42687
4K MagnussenMcLaren Mercedes1:35.89488
5D KvyatToro Rosso1:36.11381
6N HülkenbergForce India1:36.205115
7J BianchiMarussia F1 Team1:37.08778
8M EricssonCaterham F1 Team1:38.083117
9R GrosjeanLotus F1 Team1:42.16633
10A SutilSauber F1 TeamNo time1
11S VettelInfiniti Red Bull RacingNo time0

In the middle of the table, some solid running was completed. Today saw three drivers again complete over 100 laps, whilst the average number chalked up by the top eight was 96. Ferrari finished third fastest with Kimi Räikkönen running a mix of short sprints and race simulation stints. Daniil Kvyat in the Toro Rosso was the best placed Renault, with the fifth fastest time.

Radio to @nico_rosberg either reminding him to "drink" or "blink" He's either rather thirsty or looking very intense,we're not sure which...

MercedesAMGF1 MercedesAMGF1

We've stopped running. We're investigating. Looks like an early bath for @RGrosjean today. Maybe to join Seb #Vettel in the pool...

Lotus_F1Team Lotus_F1Team

Rod Nelson: This afternoon we did a full qualifying simulation and we are pleased with how that turned out, so it's been a good day for us.

WilliamsF1Team WilliamsF1Team

1 day left of testing and Red Bull & Sauber are yet to clock any timed laps today. How much trouble do you really think Red Bull are in? #F1

JennieGow JennieGow

We've got just one day left now, with all the pressure on teams to squeeze in any final testing that they need to get done before starting their preparation for Australia. As you can imagine, Red Bull are going to be under a huge amount of scrutiny tomorrow, but they're not the only ones still having mechanical problems, so this final day could be crucial.

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