Hamilton tops Practice 1 as Force India threatens protest

Force India has threatened to withdraw from Free Practice 2

Force India has threatened to withdraw from Free Practice 2

Lewis Hamilton has topped Practice 1 at the Sakhir circuit, but Force India has stolen the headlines, threatening to withdraw from Practice 2 due to safety concerns.

McLaren’s Hamilton topped the times in a low-key first session, edging out Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel by 0.3s on a green and slippery track.

Third was Force India’s Paul di Resta, while his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg was fifth, split by McLaren’s Jenson Button.

Force India’s duo were the only cars to complete a run on soft tyres, and have told Autosport.com that it is considering withdrawing, or completing only a portion of Free Practice 2, in the afternoon.

A number of the Force India team members were caught up in protest on Wednesday night, and deputy team principal Bob Fernley says it could use the practice session’s stage to conduct its own protest.

Fernley insists, though, that the team will compete in qualifying and the race.

The top 10 in the session was rounded out by Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher, Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Lotus team-mates Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.

Practice 1 results

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.572 11
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:33.877 0.305 21
3 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:34.150 0.578 26
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.249 0.677 23
5 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.277 0.705 14
6 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:34.344 0.772 26
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:34.483 0.911 17
8 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:34.552 0.980 22
9 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:34.609 1.037 18
10 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:34.847 1.275 20
11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:35.024 1.452 22
12 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:35.268 1.696 25
13 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:35.436 1.864 21
14 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:35.497 1.925 24
15 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.719 2.147 19
16 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:35.929 2.357 24
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:36.195 2.623 20
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:36.330 2.758 11
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:36.484 2.912 18
20 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:36.591 3.019 20
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:37.467 3.895 18
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:38.006 4.434 18
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:38.877 5.305 19
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:39.996 6.424 23

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