Lewis Hamilton returned Mercedes to the top of the times while Red Bull’s struggles continued during the final pre-season Formula 1 test of 2014 in Bahrain.

Lewis_Hamilton-Bahrain_tests-S03The 2008 world champion made a late start, after losing most of the morning to a gearbox issue on the W05, but worked his way to the top of the times as the afternoon progressed.

He fell just 0.02 seconds short of beating Felipe Massa’s Sakhir circuit pre-season benchmark from Saturday’s test and bumped Massa’s Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas from the top spot, after the Finn had led the way for most of the day before stopping on the start-finish straight with a mechanical issue.

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m33.278s 70
02. Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 Team 1m33.987s 108
03. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1m34.280s 74
04. Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 1m35.577s 74
05. France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m35.701s 74
06. Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sauber F1 Team 1m36.467s 91
07. United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team 1m36.835s 61
08. Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 Team 1m37.303s 86
09. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1m37.468s 77
10. United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 1m38.111s 22
11. Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team 1m38.391s 106
12 France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team 1m39.302s 32