The heat in Sakhir on Saturday afternoon made it difficult for drivers to put in fast laps during the final practice session. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc set the early pace with a 1m33.574s on soft tyres, but it was gradually bettered by first Lewis Hamilton and then Fernando Alonso. At the halfway mark, Alonso led the time sheets with a 1m33.121s, followed by Hamilton, Carlos Sainz and Leclerc. Max Verstappen was in fifth place, less than six-tenths behind Alonso, but he complained of having “no grip” on the slower hard compound. The pace improved in the second half of the session, with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll going top with a 1m32.010s, which set up an Aston Martin 1-2 as Sebastian Vettel followed Stroll on the timesheets. Soon after, Hamilton and George Russell moved ahead of Stroll but Verstappen then returned on soft tyres to take the lead before Alonso pipped him by a mere 0.005 seconds with his 1m32.450s. McLaren’s Sergio Perez finished third, one-tenth behind Alonso and Verstappen, with Leclerc in fifth spot to split the Mercedes drivers in fourth and sixth places.