Alonso on Mercedes’ heels, Raikkonen 6th

Bahrain GP – Alonso on Mercedes’ heels, Raikkonen 6th

Sakhir, 4 April –Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were third and sixth respectively in first free practice in Bahrain. Fernando did 17 laps at the wheel of his F14 T with a best of 1.37.953, four tenths off the pace of fastest man, Lewis Hamilton who did a 1.37.502 with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg second.
Raikkonen’s best lap was a 1.38.783, although he only managed 12 laps.

Finn hit a kerb very hard and had to pit so the floor of the car could be checked. Air temperature was 25 with the track at 45, but that’s likely to change significantly in the second session, which will run in the dusk, seeing the floodlights brought into play for the first time here.

The session starts at the same time as tomorrow’s qualifying and Sunday’s race, so it will be a useful exercise.

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.502 14
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.733 0.231 13
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.953 0.451 17
4 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:38.122 0.620 10
5 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.636 1.134 16
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:38.783 1.281 12
7 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.949 1.447 15
8 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:39.056 1.554 24
9 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:39.102 1.600 21
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:39.389 1.887 16
11 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:39.533 2.031 11
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:39.862 2.360 26
13 40 Felipe Nasr Williams-Mercedes 1:40.078 2.576 14
14 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:40.406 2.904 19
15 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.652 3.150 20
16 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:40.793 3.291 31
17 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:40.889 3.387 20
18 36 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.913 3.411 20
19 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:41.036 3.534 24
20 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:41.794 4.292 20
21 46 Robin Frijns Caterham-Renault 1:42.417 4.915 35
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:42.711 5.209 21
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