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Hamilton tops charts in opening Bahrain practice

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Saturday 5th April, 2014 - 7:35am

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The pacesetting of the Mercedes team continued with Lewis Hamilton topping the opening two practice sessions for the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Hamilton outshone team-mate Nico Rosberg in both free practice runs with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso grabbing third best twice to make it a duplicate trifecta.

The gap Mercedes holds on the field appears to be significant as the Brackley team shoot for a third successive victory at the Sakhir circuit.

Hamilton was buoyed by the performance of the car on soft rubber.

“The softs in particular seem to be working well and we saw a fair difference in lap time between them and the mediums,” Hamilton said.

“The focus today was on the second session as the timing and conditions reflects that of the rest of the weekend and the difference in temperature between the sessions was quite large.

“The key was to not react too much to that change in terms of our approach to set-up and we seemed to manage that well.”

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, facing a 10-place grid drop from an ill-fated Malaysian GP, was fourth fastest in FP2, 1.1s off Hamilton’s pace and .1s behind Alonso.

Ricciardo’s Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel was seventh, behind the Williams of Felipe Massa and Jenson Button (McLaren) in sixth.

See below for Free Practice 2

 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.325
 2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.690 +0.365
 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:35.360 1.035
 4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:35.433 1.108
 5 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:35.442 1.117
 6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.528 1.203
 7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:35.606 1.281
 8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:35.640 1.315
 9 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.662 1.337
10 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:35.802 1.477
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:35.920 1.595
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:35.972 1.647
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:35.998 1.673
14 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.366 2.041
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.366 2.637
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.975 2.650
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:37.259 2.934
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:37.599 3.274
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:37.800 3.475
20 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:38.247 3.922
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:38.257 3.932
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:39.136 4.811

 See below for Free Practice 1 

 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.502
 2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.733 0.231
 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.953 0.451
 4 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:38.122 0.620
 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.636 1.134
 6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:38.783 1.281
 7 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.949 1.447
 8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:39.056 1.554
 9 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:39.102 1.600
10 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:39.389 1.887
11 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:39.533 2.031
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:39.862 2.360
13 Felipe Nasr Williams-Mercedes 1:40.078 2.576
14 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:40.406 2.904
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.652 3.150
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:40.793 3.291
17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:40.$89 3.387
18 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.913 3.411
19 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:41.036 3.534
20 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:41.794 4.292
21 Robin Frijns Caterham-Renault 1:42.417 4.915
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:42.711 5.209

 

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