On a Friday, laps are more important than times and the Scuderia Ferrari duo amassed 93 between them.
Both Lotus drivers ran with the latest front wing specification, as debuted by Romain Grosjean in China, and it work well.
Sergio Perez: "Scoring points is a realistic ambition for us here in Bahrain."
Both Sahara Force India drivers are inside the top ten during today’s free practice sessions ahead of Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel: "If you look at the opposition then Ferrari and Lotus were strong today and I think it will be close in qualifying."
The team completed just short of two race distances, with a total of 104 laps (Nico: 59, Lewis: 45).
Jean-Eric Vergne: " The heat means there is quite a lot of thermal degradation which will make life quite tricky in the race.”
There have been eight Bahrain Grands Prix to date and the Scuderia Ferrari has won half of them.
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