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GP Australia 2015 (Training 3)
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M ercedes has been his for this Melbourne weekend so far Role of favorites lived up to. After two Rosberg best times on Friday, Lewis Hamilton dictated the pace in the third practice session on Saturday (14.3.2015). With 1: 27.867 minutes, the Briton clearly set the fastest time. Ferrari competitor Sebastian Vettel, who landed in 2nd place, was almost 7 tenths missing.

Nico Rosberg did not get along quite as well in his quick attempt on the soft tires. He had to be content with third place just under a second behind Hamilton. In qualifying, the 2014 Pole Position Trophy winner is likely to be his teammate's only opponent. By the way, Hamilton's best time on Saturday was almost 2 tenths slower than Rosberg's mark from the previous day, which was mainly due to the significantly higher temperatures.

Vettel remains first Mercedes pursuer

In the fight for the Sebastian Vettel seems to have the best cards on the second row of the grid. Like the day before, the Heppenheimer was the fastest non-Mercedes driver in the third training session. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen seems to have a harder time fighting the two Williams. In the dress rehearsal for qualifying, the iceman landed just behind Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa in 6th place.

Lotus is currently fourth behind them in the field. Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado came in 7th and 8th. The final top ten positions went to Toro Rosso rookie Carlos Sainz and Sauber newcomer Felip Nasr. Force India, on the other hand, does not seem to have a chance of qualifying for the Q3 final. Nico H├╝lkenberg and Sergio Perez had to be content with places 13 and 14.

Problems at Red Bull and McLaren

Things didn't go smoothly at Red Bull either. After his engine failure the day before, Daniel Ricciardo struggled again with technical problems in FP3. His RB11 stopped briefly after a starting exercise at the pit exit and had to be pushed back to the garage. After that, the Australian got 10 laps. The fastest of these only reached 15th place for the local hero.

Team-mate Daniil Kvyat was also unlucky with technology. The Russian managed only 6 laps before being stopped by a drive problem. Ideal preparation for qualifying looks different. The Russian had to forego an attempt with soft tires.

Not much was possible with McLaren eitherAhead. As on Friday, the Honda racers are miles away from the competition when it comes to pace. Kevin Magnussen was 3.5 seconds off the lead, Jenson Button was even 3 tenths slower. If the competition doesn't have any major problems in qualifying, the two McLaren are threatened with the last row of the grid.

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