Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Bahrain International Circuit, 2018

Raikkonen quickest as Vettel hits trouble

2018 Bahrain Grand Prix third practice

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Kimi Raikkonen comfortably headed the final practice session in Bahrain while Ferrari team mate Sebastian Vettel endured a troubled session.

Vettel’s problems began when he left the pits to begin his first run around a quarter of an hour into the session and his right-hand sidepod wing worked loose. That forced him into the pits for repairs.

Once he got back onto the circuit Vettel was able to complete a timed run which was eventually good enough for fifth. However on his last run he reported poor drive-ability from his power unit and was told to head back to the pits.

In the meantime Raikkonen got within a few hundredths of a second of matching his best time from yesterday. This put him eight-tenths of a second ahead of Lewis Hamilton, although the Mercedes driver was told the team could see a “power difference” between his lap and Raikkonen’s run.

Hamilton fell to fourth in the times after late efforts from the Red Bull drivers, on the same super-soft tyres as the others, put them second and third. Max Verstappen had a minor run-in with Raikkonen when the two came across each other at the apex of turn one.

Valtteri Bottas ended the session in sixth place following a heavy lock-up at turn one. he was just three-tenths of a second quicker than the Renault pair, headed by Nico Hulkenberg.

Toro Rosso showed encouraging pace again as Pierre Gasly reached the top 10 and Brendon Hartley was just a hundredth of a second slower. Nonetheless the pair were separated by Fernando Alonso’s McLaren, indicating the fight for a place in Q3 will be especially fierce in qualifying.

The highest Haas was Romain Grosjean’s 12th-placed car. He was badly held up approaching the final corner on his last run by slow traffic on the racing line.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’29.868 15
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’30.393 0.525 8
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’30.452 0.584 8
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’30.691 0.823 14
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’30.719 0.851 8
6 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’30.781 0.913 16
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’31.144 1.276 11
8 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr Renault 1’31.200 1.332 12
9 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1’31.438 1.570 18
10 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1’31.445 1.577 13
11 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso-Honda 1’31.460 1.592 18
12 8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1’31.513 1.645 14
13 31 Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1’31.554 1.686 17
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’31.564 1.696 14
15 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1’31.737 1.869 14
16 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1’31.859 1.991 17
17 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1’31.860 1.992 14
18 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1’32.047 2.179 19
19 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1’32.463 2.595 11
20 18 Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1’32.865 2.997 12

Third practice visual gaps

Kimi Raikkonen – 1’29.868

+0.525 Max Verstappen – 1’30.393

+0.584 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’30.452

+0.823 Lewis Hamilton – 1’30.691

+0.851 Sebastian Vettel – 1’30.719

+0.913 Valtteri Bottas – 1’30.781

+1.276 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’31.144

+1.332 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’31.200

+1.570 Pierre Gasly – 1’31.438

+1.577 Fernando Alonso – 1’31.445

+1.592 Brendon Hartley – 1’31.460

+1.645 Romain Grosjean – 1’31.513

+1.686 Esteban Ocon – 1’31.554

+1.696 Sergio Perez – 1’31.564

+1.869 Kevin Magnussen – 1’31.737

+1.991 Marcus Ericsson – 1’31.859

+1.992 Stoffel Vandoorne – 1’31.860

+2.179 Charles Leclerc – 1’32.047

+2.595 Sergey Sirotkin – 1’32.463

+2.997 Lance Stroll – 1’32.865

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’31.458 1’29.817 1’29.868 +0.051 65
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’31.470 1’29.828 1’30.719 +0.891 62
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’31.364 1’30.380 1’30.781 +0.401 71
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’30.745 1’30.393 -0.352 42
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’31.060 1’30.751 1’30.452 -0.299 53
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’32.272 1’30.472 1’30.691 +0.219 67
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’33.104 1’31.220 1’31.144 -0.076 63
8 Carlos Sainz Jnr Renault 1’32.885 1’31.601 1’31.200 -0.401 67
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1’32.779 1’31.232 1’31.438 +0.206 82
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1’33.223 1’31.282 1’31.445 +0.163 66
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1’33.364 1’31.422 1’31.860 +0.438 74
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso-Honda 1’33.497 1’32.908 1’31.460 -1.448 83
13 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1’32.516 1’31.591 1’31.513 -0.078 70
14 Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1’33.794 1’31.809 1’31.554 -0.255 71
15 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’33.662 1’31.868 1’31.564 -0.304 74
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1’32.971 1’31.969 1’31.737 -0.232 68
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.508 1’32.733 1’31.859 -0.874 71
18 Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.278 1’32.372 1’32.047 -0.325 76
19 Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1’33.379 1’32.382 1’32.865 +0.483 64
20 Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1’33.467 1’32.474 1’32.463 -0.011 77

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15 comments on “Raikkonen quickest as Vettel hits trouble”

  1. OmarRoncal - Go Seb!!! (@)
    7th April 2018, 14:14

    What a shame to see Williams at the bottom of the timesheet. Well, they might be running a different program, but that can’t hide the whole figure.

    1. Yeah, things are looking horible for them at the moment. They were already bad in Melbourne, but close enough to the front of the midfield to speculate that Massa, with his usual advantage over Stroll, would’ve been able to score points. However, this is not the case today, as they’re over a second behind the top 10 – on a track that used to suit them.
      They said that they adressed the car’s main weakness, the lack of downforce, over the winter. Have they thrown the baby out with the bath water by removing the car’s trademark strength, its straight line speed, without achieving a competitive level of downforce in return?

      1. when you add downforce, top speed drops

        1. Well, duh. My point is, they seem to have failed to trade their single greatest strength for a general improvement of their package. Now, the car is not only unremarkable on the straights but also subpar in the corners. This is not the typical result of adding more downforce, so they must’ve screwed up somewhere. Badly.

  2. Vettel and his garage has to be on top of their game this weekend. There are sold points on offer.

    1. I meant to say solid

  3. Impressive lap numbers being rolled out by the Honda – and good to see Hartley putting in a better time this session.

    I’m more interested in the midfield race this year – looks highly competitive!

    1. Looking forward to Q to see if a Honda powered car can get ahead of one/more Renault/McLarens. Hard to believe that STR has a better chassis.

      1. i dont think honda has qualifying modes like renault and mercedes

  4. Thanks a lot for having the wrong TV times.

    1. They seem correct to me.

  5. Williams are reaping the rewards of having possibly the 2 most (in dollar terms) sponsored pay drivers in history in one team :P has any team every had about $50million coming from the drivers? … no car development will come from this, they need Kubica in EVERY 1st practise and as race driver next year (or better still, from the next race). Pathetic situation Williams are in, they can not get better with duds in their car, money wont help if the drivers are hopeless.

    Looks good for pole battle, Mercedes will turn on party mode, but i suspect Ferrari might have this one in the bag this weekend.

    Also Toro Rosso/Mclaren looks close, but toro rosso will fall apart in qualifying with useless Honda engine (like in melbourne).

  6. Yay raikonen back to the Top of his game.

  7. I’m very interested in this statement:

    the Mercedes driver was told the team could see a “power difference” between his lap and Raikkonen’s

    I guess a “power difference” is a difference in the power used by the engines of the Ferrari and the Mercedes. Which suggests that Mercedes knows how much power Ferrari is using. That makes sense, it should be relatively easy for an expert with the right data to calculate the power used at any given moment by any car.

    So I have two questions about this:
    1. Is this idea correct? Is it possible for us to know how much power a car is using at any particular moment?
    2. If my idea is correct, where can we find that info? If it isn’t, how comes Mercedes knows about Ferrari’s power?

    1. @alonshow

      So I have two questions about this:
      1. Is this idea correct? Is it possible for us to know how much power a car is using at any particular moment?
      2. If my idea is correct, where can we find that info? If it isn’t, how comes Mercedes knows about Ferrari’s power?

      1. It is possible to calculate the power of a car using GPS data and comparison data from one’s own car, together with several other minor factors, such as wind direction, etc. However, it is not possible for us to know that. A team like Mercedes can use their own data to calculate Ferrari’s power very precisely, but the TV stations don’t have that kind of information. If they did, they could simply look at Ferrari’s data.
      2. Consequently, that info isn’t available anywhere, except for the inner circle of data analysts working for the major teams.

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