Lewis Hamilton puts Mercedes on top, while Red Bull was forced to finish its running early.

Lewis_Hamilton-Bahrain_tests-F01The 2008 world champion took up a commanding position at the head of the field after a series of short runs in the morning, as Mercedes worked on what it called “different set-ups”.

Hamilton spent a long time in the garage in the middle of the afternoon, before returning to the action with little more than half an hour remaining and adding another 22 laps to his total.

01.United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas1:34.976s67
02.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonMcLaren Mercedes1:34.976s103
03.Brazil Felipe MassaWilliams F1 Team1:37.066s60
04.Mexico Esteban GutierrezSauber F1 Team1:37.180s96
05.Mexico Sergio PerezSahara Force India1:37.367s57
06.Finland Kimi RaikkonenScuderia Ferrari1:37.476s44
07.Rusia Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1:38.974s57
08.Venezuela Pastor MaldonadoLotus F1 Team1:39.642s26
09.Australia Daniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:40.781s28
10.Sweden Marcus EricssonCaterham F1 Team1:42.130s98
11.United Kingdom Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team1:46.672s4
12.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams F1 Teamno time55