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Once again Mercedes AMG were fastest in the third practice session in Melbourne with Hamilton achieving a time of 1:27.867. However Vettel did manage to split them today by coming second followed by Rosberg in third, Bottas in fourth and Massa in fifth.
After not getting out during yesterday afternoon’s second practice due to an engine change, Ricciardo did manage to get out today much to the delight of the Aussie crowds however he soon had problems again with his engine stopping at the end of the pit lane. It’s not been a good weekend so far for the Red Bull team with Kvyat’s engine also having problems during the session.
After McLaren Honda said last night that ‘there is more to come tomorrow’ they didn’t deliver only managing 16th and 17th in this afternoons session.
The two Manor cars did not run, and are now unlikely to take any part in this weekend.
Sauber also got out again after a court backed Van der Garde’s claim he had a valid contract and risked having its assets seized and team principal Monisha Kaltenborn arrested. Van der Garde said he had given up his rights “with respect to the interests of motorsport and F1 in particular”. Sauber will now race this weekend with Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.
F1 Australian Grand Prix Thrid Practice Results