Kimi Raikkonen quickest in first practice for Bahrain GP

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Kimi Raikkonen led a Ferrari 1-2 in a mixed-up opening practice session for the Bahrain GP on Friday.

The Finn set the pace with a 1:37.827 lap around the 5.412km track, with Sebastian Vettel recovering from an engine problem to end up 0.202s slower.

However, with Valtteri Bottas third ahead of Carlos Sainz, it’s likely the timesheet bore little relation to how it might appear later in the weekend because the conditions bore little relation to those expected for qualifying and the race.

Temperatures nudged 37 degrees C as cars took to the track at 2pm local time, although the track temperature, which stood at 52 deg early in the session, was falling by the time the chequered flag was shown.

It’ll be a whole lot cooler again when the time cars head out again for P2 at 6pm – the time Sunday’s race starts – and as such, the running then should be more representative.

Pacesetters Mercedes completed plenty of laps but Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton ended up 15th and 16th respectively, more than a second off the pace.

Bahrain Grand Prix First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:37.827 Leader Leader 13
2 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:38.029 -0.202 -0.202 12
3 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:38.390 -0.563 -0.361 23
4 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:38.447 -0.620 -0.057 14
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:38.455 -0.628 -0.008 17
6 33 Max Verstappen 1:38.504 -0.677 -0.049 22
7 14 Fernando Alonso 1:38.598 -0.771 -0.094 18
8 12 Felipe Nasr 1:38.628 -0.801 -0.030 17
9 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:38.661 -0.834 -0.033 17
10 19 Felipe Massa 1:38.790 -0.963 -0.129 21
11 11 Sergio Perez 1:38.793 -0.966 -0.003 15
12 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:38.842 -1.015 -0.049 23
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:39.187 -1.360 -0.345 20
14 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:39.283 -1.456 -0.096 31
15 6 Nico Roseberg 1:39.293 -1.466 -0.010 23
16 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:39.532 -1.705 -0.239 22
17 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:39.534 -1.707 -0.002 21
18 28 Will Stevens 1:42.973 -5.146 -3.439 12
19 98 Roberto Merhi 1:44.265 -6.438 -1.292 15
20 22 Jenson Button 0:00.000 37.827 44.265 2

 

 

 

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