FP3: Rosberg pulls clear in final Abu Dhabi practice

Nico Rosberg pulled clear of team-mate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton during final practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The German's best lap was over three-tenths quicker than Hamilton, though the Briton looked set to better his own, but a small mistake cost him vital tenths.

Meanwhile Felipe Massa placed his Williams third ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, whilst McLaren's Jenson Button was sixth.

The second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo was seventh, narrowly ahead of Valtteri Bottas.

The top nine were covered by just 1.6 seconds, but exclude the Mercedes and that drops to just three-tenths, leaving the prospect of a close battle for third place on the grid.

FP3 Full Times - 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:

#No.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
01 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.424   19
02 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:41.793 0.369 17
03 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:42.429 1.005 18
04 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:42.653 1.229 8
05 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:42.679 1.255 19
06 22 Jenson Button McLaren 1:42.768 1.344 20
07 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:42.773 1.349 14
08 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:42.794 1.370 19
09 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:42.809 1.385 20
10 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:43.038 1.614 14
11 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:43.112 1.688 13
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:43.352 1.928 20
13 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:43.360 1.936 19
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:43.501 2.077 18
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:43.643 2.219 24
16 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:43.718 2.294 17
17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:43.778 2.354 18
18 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber 1:44.022 2.598 22
19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:45.044 3.620 16
20 46 Will Stevens Caterham 1:45.959 4.535 21