F1 teams had one last chance to fine-tune their cars before the first qualifying session of the 2023 season on Saturday, with drivers taking to the Bahrain International Circuit for a busy final practice session.

In the early-afternoon heat, Aston Martin impressed once again as Fernando Alonso followed up his table-topping Friday performance with a benchmark FP3 time of 1m 32.340s – slotting ahead of the Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari machines.

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Reigning world champion Max Verstappen wound up just 0.005s adrift, while the top six drivers were covered by less than four tenths, setting up the prospect of a thrilling battle for pole position under the lights.

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