Mercedes continued to lead the way in free practice three, while local favourite Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull Racing team again struck trouble.
Ferrari is one step closer to a near-miraculous rejuvenation in 2015 after two solid sessions of Friday practice at the Australian Grand Prix.
McLaren has suffered a torrid Friday at the Australian Grand Prix, with no recovery to its pre-season woes in sight.
Mercedes executed a flawless Friday at the Australian Grand Prix to cement its place as favourites for the first race weekend of 2015.
Nico Rosberg has taken first honours of the 2015 season by pipping his teammate in opening Friday practice at Albert Park.