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.

01.United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas1m33.278s70
02.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams F1 Team1m33.987s108
03.Spain Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1m34.280s74
04.Deutschland Nico HulkenbergSahara Force India1m35.577s74
05.France Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1m35.701s74
06.Deutschland Adrian SutilSauber F1 Team1m36.467s91
07. United Kingdom Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team1m36.835s61
08.Mexico Esteban GutiƩrrezSauber F1 Team1m37.303s86
09.Deutschland Sebastian VettelInfiniti Red Bull Racing1m37.468s77
10.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonMcLaren Mercedes1m38.111s22
11.Japan Kamui KobayashiCaterham F1 Team1m38.391s106
12France Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team1m39.302s32