Daniel Ricciardo, VCARB 01 during the Pre-Season Test at Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday February 21, 2024 in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Photo by Steven Tee / LAT Images)

Formula 1 News: Ricciardo tops opening practice in Bahrain

Daniel Ricciardo, using a set of soft Pirelli tires, turned the fastest lap of 1m32.869s to top opening practice of the Bahrain GP in the heat of the day.

–by Mark Cipolloni–

The McLarens of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, also on soft Pirelli tires, were 2nd and 3rd, 0.032s and 0.244s behind Ricciardo respectively.

4th was Ricciardo’s Visa Cash App teammate Yuki Tsunoda, also on the soft red tires, 0.314s behind Ricciardo.

Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen were 5th and 6th on the medium Pirelli tires.

“Very inconsistent downshifts again,” said Verstappen, the Dutchman having run two sets of medium tires.

Due to the holy month of Ramadan, the first practice sessions are taking place on Thursday, with the races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia scheduled for Saturday.

Ahead of qualifying, the conditions will cool as the sun sets, the teams know what they have to work with and they’ll be pretty busy packing in race simulation runs and quali laps in those representative conditions.

2024 Bahrain GP Practice 1 Results

Pos Driver Nat. Team Time
1 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m32.869s
2 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m32.901s
3 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m33.113s
4 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m33.183s
5 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team 1m33.193s
6 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m33.238s
7 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m33.251s
8 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m33.268s
9 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m33.302s
10 Valtteri Bottas FIN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber 1m33.354s
11 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m33.385s
12 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m33.413s
13 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1m33.583s
14 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team 1m33.868s
15 Zhou Guanyu CHN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber 1m33.923s
16 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Racing 1m34.213s
17 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m34.807s
18 Pierre Gasly FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m35.144s
19 Kevin Magnussen DEN MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m37.477s
20 Nico Hulkenberg GER MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m37.938s


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