Riccardo tops opening practice in Bahrain

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo

In a session largely irrelevant since qualifying and the race will be run in the evening when the track is cooler, Daniel Ricciardo turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the Bahrain GP.

The Red Bull ace's lap of 1m31.060s was 3/10ths faster than Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes.

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were third and fourth for Ferrari, both 4/10ths behind the Red Bull while Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top-5 but a full 1.2 sec behind after he went off track a number of times.

Max Verstappen completed just two laps after an electrical issue caused his car to stop on-track.

Bottas 2nd quick
Bottas 2nd quick

Haas continued its impressive form from Australia early in Bahrain as Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finished P6 and P9 respectively. The pair were split by Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz Jr. for Toro Rosso and Renault, while Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10.

Fernando Alonso took 11th for McLaren, with teammate Stoffel Vandoorne finishing two places back in 13th. Charles Leclerc was able to impress en route to 12th for Sauber, recovering from an early spin at Turn 6 after a snap of oversteer.

Lance Stroll also had a brief off-track excursion early on as he finished 14th ahead of Williams teammate Sergey Sirotkin and Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley in P16.

Practice 1 Results

Pos No Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 1:31.060 +0.000s 14
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:31.364 +0.304s 24
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:31.458 +0.398s 18
4 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31.470 +0.410s 17
5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.272 +1.212s 21
6 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:32.516 +1.456s 23
7 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:32.779 +1.719s 26
8 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:32.885 +1.825s 21
9 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:32.971 +1.911s 19
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:33.104 +2.044s 18
11 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:33.223 +2.163s 24
12 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:33.278 +2.218s 20
13 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:33.364 +2.304s 25
14 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:33.379 +2.319s 22
15 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:33.467 +2.407s 29
16 28 Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:33.497 +2.437s 27
17 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:33.508 +2.448s 22
18 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:33.662 +2.602s 26
19 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:33.794 +2.734s 23
20 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer No Time No Time 2

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