Lewis Hamilton was quickest in all three Bahrain GP practices. (Photo: Getty Images)

was quickest in all three practices. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and continued to dominate the new season by setting the pace in Saturday’s pre-qualifying practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix, while World Champion had a rare session-ending spin.

Hamilton, who won last weekend in Malaysia, was quickest with a time of 1 minute, 35.324 seconds at the Bahrain International Circuit, while his teammate and championship leader Rosberg was just one tenth of a second off that pace.

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The best of the rest was Force India’s , half a second off Hamilton’s time, ahead of Williams pair Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.

Vettel ran wide onto a kerb, lost grip and spun backwards into a gravel trap, costing him any running on the softer tire.

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