Raikkonen heads Ferrari 1-2 in Bahrain opening practice

GP CINA F1/2015

Kimi Raikkonen edged team-mate Sebastian Vettel to lead a Ferrari one-two in opening practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Raikkonen jumped to the top of the timehseets in the closing minutes of the session with a 1:37.827, lapping on a set of fresh medium tyres as the temperatures cooled.

Vettel, who encountered early power issues, ended the opening session second, just two-tenths shy of his Ferrari team-mate, but three-tenths clear of Valtteri Bottas, third fastest for Williams.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton did not feature in the top ten, as Mercedes ran its own programme, in a session that is unrepresentative of the conditions drivers will face in qualifying and the race.

The two Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen were fourth and sixth, the pair split by Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull.

Fernando Alonso was a surprise seventh on the timesheets, and even briefly lapped the leaderboard late on for McLaren, but team-mate Jenson Button completed just a single lap before an engine problem caused him to spin at Turn 1.

Felipe Nasr was eighth for Sauber, while Daniil Kvyat and Felipe Massa rounded out the top ten for Red Bull and Williams respectively.

Jolyon Palmer, standing in for Romain Grosjean, was 14th for Lotus.

Bahrain Grand Prix – Free Practice One – Classification

1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1m 37.827 – 13 Laps

2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1m 38.029 +0.202s – 12 Laps

3. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1m 38.390 +0.563 – 23 Laps

4. Carlos Sainz Jr – Toro Rosso – 1:38.447 +0.620 Laps

5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:38.455s +0.628 – 17 Laps

6. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 1:38.504 +0.677 – 22 Laps

7. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:38.598 +0.771 – 18 Laps

8. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:38.628 +0.801 – 17 Laps

9. Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – 1:38.661 +0.834 – 17 Laps

10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:38.790 +0.963 – 21 Laps

11. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:38.793 +0.966 – 15 Laps

12. Pastor Maldonado – Lotus – 1:38.842 +1.015 – 23 Laps

13. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:39.187 +1.360 – 20 Laps

14. Jolyon Palmer – Lotus – 1:39.283 +1.456 – 31 Laps

15. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:39.293 +1.466 – 23 Laps

16. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:39.532 +1.705 – 22 Laps

17. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:39.534 +1.707 – 21 Laps

18. Will Stevens – Marussia – 1:42.973 +5.146 – 12 Laps

19. Roberto Merhi – Marussia – 1:44.265 +6.438 – 15 Laps

20. Jenson Button – McLaren – No time – 2 Laps

Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari

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