Nico Rosberg was quickest for the second session in a row with Lewis Hamilton a tenth of a second behind. However Sebastian Vettel got within seven-tenths of a second of them in his Ferrari, with team mate Kimi Raikkonen backing him up in fourth place.
Fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas took fifth place for Williams, but over a second and a half slower than Rosberg’s Mercedes.
Once again only 16 cars participated. However this time both Saubers did join in the session. Felipe Nasr had a productive afternoon, managing 30 laps, but Marcus Ericsson’s run was disrupted by a left-rear suspension problem.
The Manor cars remained in their garages, as did Daniel Ricciardo and Felipe Massa due to problems with their cars.
McLaren had another less than ideal session. Kevin Magnussen skidded into the barrier at turn six on his fifth lap. Though unhurt, the session had to be stopped while his car was moved.
Jenson Button had a more successful afternoon, covering 21 laps before reporting a loss of power and being told to pit shortly before the chequered flag came out.
|6||26||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull-Renault||1’30.016||2.319||27|
|7||55||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso-Renault||1’30.071||2.374||41|
|10||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1’30.473||2.776||30|
|12||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1’30.980||3.283||32|
|14||33||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso-Renault||1’31.395||3.698||6|
|17||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault||0|
2015 Australian Grand Prix
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