Mercedes 1-2 parade starts in Bahrain

Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg

After sandbagging in Australia, Mercedes started to show their muscle early in Bahrain. Nico Rosberg set the fastest lap in the first practice session for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, leading a Mercedes one-two.

Rosberg picked up where he left off in the Australian Grand Prix to comfortable outpace Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton with a lap of 1m32.292s on Pirelli's soft-tyre compound – half-a-second quicker than Hamilton, and already 0.277s ahead of his pole lap from last year.

Everyone else was out to lunch. Kimi Raikkonen third in his Ferrari, but 1.834s adrift of Rosberg – an eternity in racing.

Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat were fourth and fifth quickest, separated by 0.080s, but both over two seconds down on the leading Mercedes.

RESULTS

Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes 1m32.294s 0.000s 24
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m32.799s 0.505s 24
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1m34.128s 1.834s 16
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m34.461s 2.167s 27
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m34.541s 2.247s 30
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.601s 2.307s 28
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.793s 2.499s 21
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.860s 2.566s 19
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m35.000s 2.706s 18
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m35.006s 2.712s 19
11 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m35.073s 2.779s 14
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m35.174s 2.880s 21
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m35.309s 3.015s 19
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m35.440s 3.146s 28
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault/Renault 1m35.490s 3.196s 27
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.728s 3.434s 30
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m36.371s 4.077s 26
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m36.392s 4.098s 25
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.719s 4.425s 24
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault/Renault 1m36.939s 4.645s 28
21 Alfonso Celis Force India/Mercedes 1m37.287s 4.993s 23
22 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m37.714s 5.420s 27

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