Ferrari stamped its authority on the first practice session of the Bahrian Grand Prix weekend with a one-two at the top of the time sheet on Friday morning. Kimi Raikkonen clocked a best of 1:33.162 and Felipe Massa was half a second behind. Once...
Ferrari stamped its authority on the first practice session of the Bahrian Grand Prix weekend with a one-two at the top of the time sheet on Friday morning. Kimi Raikkonen clocked a best of 1:33.162 and Felipe Massa was half a second behind. Once the Ferraris got on track nobody else could reach the top of the list.
McLaren was the only team within a second of Raikkonen's time, and then only just. Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso traded the third and fourth spots, Hamilton edging ahead in the last few minutes. Both were over nine tenths off the lead Ferrari and Hamilton was less than a tenth ahead of his teammate.
The Toyotas of Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher were in and out of the top 10 through the session and Trulli made it stick at the end with a decent fifth fastest, although Schumacher ended up 13th. The BMW Saubers looked to be solid performers again with Nick Heidfeld sixth and Robert Kubica seventh.
Tonio Liuzzi was the oddball, in more ways than one, in the top 10, his Toro Rosso eighth. Teammate Scott Speed was a more usual 15th but it was a less than impressive start for sister team Red Bull. Mark Webber was 19th and David Coulthard 20th, with only the Spykers behind them. However, let's not be too judgemental this early in the weekend.
The Williams duo of Nico Rosberg and Alex Wurz rounded off the top 10 in ninth and 10th respectively. Honda more or less continued to make heavy work of it with Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello 11th and 17th and Renault appeared to be on a similar footing, Heikki Kovalainen 12th and Giancarlo Fisichella 14th.
Takuma Sato was the lead Super Aguri in 16th and Anthony Davidson was 18th, while the Spykers occupied the bottom row, Adrian Sutil 21st ahead of Christijan Albers. There were several rather big slides and some off track excursions but no damage was done -- the track was quite green and sand on the asphalt may also have played a part.
Ferrari looks to be dominant so far but if you cast your mind back to Friday in Malaysia, Massa was fastest in both sessions -- admittedly with not such a gap -- and McLaren bounced back. Let's wait and see what today's second session brings. Final top eight classification: Raikkonen, Massa, Hamilton, Alonso, Trulli, Heidfeld, Kubica, Liuzzi.