It was once again Nico Rosberg who set the fastest time. The final practice session in Bahrain this time around, was yet again a un-eventful and un-dramatic session, but Red Bull looks like they are catching up. And catching up fast.
With a 1:33.254 as the fastest time of the session, Rosberg looks like a candidate for pole later this afternoon. But Sebastian Vettel, the double world champion, is not about to concede anything, and he set a very fast time for second palce, just 0.147 behind Rosberg. Team mate Mark Webber finished third, two and a half tenth behind Vettel, with Lewis Hamilton a further tenth behind Webber, and Michael Schumacher trailing Hamilton by just 0.014.
Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen in sixth and seventh places, Dani Clos for HRT came out of the blue and set eighth fastest time, followed by Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso in ninth and tenth.
Pastor Maldonado, who will receive a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change, managed 11th, followed by Jean-Eric Vergne and the Sauber duo of Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi. Behind him was Paul di Resta and Felipe Massa, Bruno Senna, Heikki Kovalainein, Nico Hulkenberg, Vitaly Petrov, Charles Pic, Timo Glock and Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan the final runners.
From top to bottom, six seconds separate the times.