Felipe Nasr recovered from an off to emerge top of the timesheets on the third day of F1 pre-season testing in Jerez, while McLaren completed 32 laps before more technical issues.

The Brazilian, who was second fastest on his first day in the Sauber C34, progressed to the top spot with a soft tyre run in the afternoon once the track - which was damp in the morning - had dried sufficiently, stopping the clocks at 1min 21.545secs.

Though he caused an early red flag with a spin into the gravel trap at turn ten, Nasr was one of only three drivers to complete more than 100 laps, along with Nico Rosberg and Carlos Sainz, and otherwise suffered no technical dramas.

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On his first day in the SF15-T, Kimi Raikkonen ended up second fastest for Ferrari, marking the third day in a row that Prancing Horse-powered cars have filled the top two positions.

Rosberg caused his own red flag when he stopped mid-way through the day after an engine shutdown, but was back on track after just an hour. Remarkably, despite this, the German still notched up 151 laps to end his part of the test having accumulated a mammoth 308 personal laps over two days.

Felipe Massa made his first appearance of the test in the Williams-Mercedes, defying a late start to complete 71 laps in total and set the fourth fastest time, while Pastor Maldonado added to the Lotus E23's mileage with 96 laps before stopping on track just seconds ahead of the afternoon's chequered flag.

Meanwhile, Red Bull and McLaren suffered garage-bound days, the former enduring issues with its Renault power unit in the morning to consign Daniel Ricciardo to just 48 laps. Over the course of three days, Red Bull has managed just 102 laps in total.

Having put just twelve slow laps on the MP4-30 in two days, McLaren-Honda enjoyed a brighter start to the third day as Fernando Alonso strung several laps together over the course of the morning, despite the damp conditions making lap times unrepresentative.

However, a cooling issue before lunchtime put paid to fully dry mileage, forcing McLaren to call an early end to its day in the hope of returning in fine fettle on Wednesday.

Testing will continue - and conclude - tomorrow.