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.

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:34.976s 67
02. United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 1:34.976s 103
03. Brazil Felipe Massa Williams F1 Team 1:37.066s 60
04. Mexico Esteban Gutierrez Sauber F1 Team 1:37.180s 96
05. Mexico Sergio Perez Sahara Force India 1:37.367s 57
06. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1:37.476s 44
07. Rusia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.974s 57
08. Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team 1:39.642s 26
09. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:40.781s 28
10. Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 Team 1:42.130s 98
11. United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team 1:46.672s 4
12. Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 Team no time 55