Ferrari topped and tailed the times sheets after the first practice session in Bahrain.
Sebastian Vettel set the quickest time in his SF70H on a scorching hot track. The track temperature was a punishing 47C at the start of the session.
But the heat took its toll on the team’s other car. Kimi Raikkonen was sidelined with an overheating turbo after just half-a-dozen laps.
He wasn’t the only driver experiencing motor problems. Stoffel Vandoorne stopped his McLaren with another suspected Honda problem.
Neither Mercedes driver seemed to approach a representative time, ending the session tenth (Lewis Hamilton) and fourteenth (Valtteri Bottas). Conditions are expected to be much cooler during qualifying and the race.
In their place the two Red Bull drivers completed the top three, Daniel Ricciardo getting within four-tenths of a second of Vettel’s benchmark.
Sergio Perez took fourth for Force India ahead of an unhappy Felipe Massa. The Williams driver suffered an apparent brake failure approaching turn 13 which pitched him into a high-speed spin. He and team mate Lance Stroll, sixth, continued to complain of a lack of grip from the FW40.
The second Force India of Esteban Ocon was seventh despite being vexed by his former team mate Pascal Wehrlein late in the session. Fernando Alonso got his McLaren into the top ten ahead of Romain Grosjean and the first of the Mercedes.
|2||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’33.097||0.400||22|
|3||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’33.566||0.869||23|
|4||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1’34.095||1.398||22|
|7||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||1’34.332||1.635||23|
|11||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Renault||1’34.838||2.141||13|
|19||55||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso-Renault||1’36.079||3.382||16|
First practice visual gaps
Sebastian Vettel – 1’32.697
+0.400 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’33.097
+0.869 Max Verstappen – 1’33.566
+1.398 Sergio Perez – 1’34.095
+1.549 Felipe Massa – 1’34.246
+1.625 Lance Stroll – 1’34.322
+1.635 Esteban Ocon – 1’34.332
+1.675 Fernando Alonso – 1’34.372
+1.867 Romain Grosjean – 1’34.564
+1.939 Lewis Hamilton – 1’34.636
+2.141 Daniil Kvyat – 1’34.838
+2.230 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’34.927
+2.300 Stoffel Vandoorne – 1’34.997
+2.305 Valtteri Bottas – 1’35.002
+2.371 Jolyon Palmer – 1’35.068
+2.882 Kevin Magnussen – 1’35.579
+3.191 Marcus Ericsson – 1’35.888
+3.262 Pascal Wehrlein – 1’35.959
+3.382 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’36.079
+9.636 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’42.333
Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.
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12 comments on “Vettel quickest but turbo problem stops Raikkonen”
14th April 2017, 13:27
so Macca the slowest car? Still no confirmation.
Fer no.65 (@fer-no65)
14th April 2017, 13:28
Now that’s a very, very tight midfield! hope it stays the same with the cooler temperatures of the night.
OmarRoncal - Go Seb!!! (@)
14th April 2017, 13:35
Was Mercedes running different tyres, respect to Ferrari especially? It’s strange to see them so low in the timetable.
14th April 2017, 13:38
No, they ran softs as well. Probably less fuel and/or performance runs plus they were done earlier than others’ laps.
14th April 2017, 13:46
Mercedes know they lack a bit in really hot temps. I think they chose to do their work without showing their hand (weakness) to Ferrari. They know things will come back to them with the cooler temps tomorrow. I think we have a great fight on our hands this season. I just hope there are some great battles in the process. If Ferrari can find a bit in their qualifying engine modes, things are going to get intense. :)
14th April 2017, 14:00
Wow! The McLaren’s are quicker than the Mercs
14th April 2017, 14:05
Ferrari have a new front wing and a new floor. Good to see the Scuderia being very agressive in terms of developement pace.
14th April 2017, 14:09
FP1 Force India teamradio
Ouch…. Now we know for sure Force India hates Wehrlein and went with Ocon!!
14th April 2017, 17:51
@jeffreyj That’s how I read it as well, rather than how sky read it. A Merc junior team and former teamate rivalry would make sense if the engineer hadn’t said that.
14th April 2017, 20:47
Hate’s a little strong. They just chose the better of the two drivers.
14th April 2017, 14:54
Wonder what’s Mercedes strategy, they were like 2 seconds slower than Ferrari… with the same tyre! That’s a looooooot of sandbaging.
14th April 2017, 17:44
I wonder whether Ferrari checked their turbo and the whole of their PU after China, Kimi was complaining about some strange glitches on power. Now at the same spot as last years another turbo failure, they also had one in aus 2015, I know Ferrari doesn’t make their own turbos but is it a weak point?
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