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04/24/09
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Bahrain GP: A hot start to Friday's action
(GMM)  It was a hot start to Bahrain grand prix action on Friday, as championship leader Jenson Button went fifth fastest following an early gearbox glitch.

The Briton ultimately returned from the pits to the Sakhir layout to complete a short program of 15 laps, nearly eight tenths slower than the leading pace of world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The BMWs, having tested here in the winter, were a promising second and third quickest, but Ferrari (8th and 10th) and Toyota (15th and 17th) also attended the February test.

Kimi Raikkonen had an early scare after losing control of his Ferrari and narrowly avoiding a barrier.

The Red Bulls finished first and second in the Chinese rain less than a week ago, but Sebastian Vettel was just 12th fastest after the opening 90 minutes of Bahrain practice.

Rookie Sebastien Buemi ended his session at the side of the track, after his Toro Rosso lost power following an awkward hit over a high curb.

The entire field was covered by less than two seconds, with Fernando Alonso 1.7 seconds off Hamilton's pace, and eighteenth on the timing sheet.

Results

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.647 0.000 19
2. Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:33.907 0.260 17
3. Kubica BMW Sauber 1:33.938 0.291 17
4. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:34.227 0.580 24
5. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:34.434 0.787 15
6. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.502 0.855 24
7. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:34.531 0.884 18
8. Massa Ferrari 1:34.589 0.942 17
9. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:34.827 1.180 21
10. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:34.827 1.180 19
11. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:34.880 1.233 24
12. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:34.938 1.291 21
13. Piquet Renault 1:34.974 1.327 21
14. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:35.021 1.374 18
15. Trulli Toyota 1:35.036 1.389 22
16. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:35.042 1.395 16
17. Glock Toyota 1:35.333 1.686 20
18. Alonso Renault 1:35.348 1.701 24
19. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:35.353 1.706 22
20. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:35.369 1.722 15

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