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GP Bahrain, gara–31/03/2019

Bahrain GP: Hamilton wins as long-time leader Leclerc loses power

Lewis Hamilton claimed an unlikely victory in a thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix, as Ferrari’s race imploded spectacularly with an engine problem for Charles Leclerc and a spin for Sebastian Vettel.

Leclerc recovered from a poor first lap to dominate the race, before what Ferrari initially believed to be an MGU-H failure – but later revealed was a cylinder issue – robbed his engine of power and left him limping to the finish.

Hamilton’s Mercedes closed rapidly on the ailing Ferrari and claimed the lead on the run to the final corner with just nine laps to go.

Leclerc continued to lose significant pace as the closing stages of the race played out, eventually finishing a bitterly disappointing third but at least claiming a bonus point for fastest lap.

The Ferrari driver managed to avoid losing a podium finish to Max Verstappen’s Red Bull-Honda, thanks to the race finishing under a safety car following simultaneous breakdowns for the works Renault cars with only a handful of laps left.

Leclerc had recovered superbly from a poor start to dominate most of this race, dropping to third on lap one but quickly repassing Valtteri Bottas and team-mate Vettel to reclaim the lead and streaking clear before disaster struck.

Vettel compounded Ferrari’s misery by inexplicably spinning out of third place after being overtaken by Hamilton around the outside at Turn 4 just after the final round of pitstops.

Vettel got his Ferrari pointing the right way again, but his front wing shattered shortly thereafter and he was forced to make an unscheduled third stop, eventually finishing a lowly fifth.

Bottas made it a Mercedes one-two by easily passing Leclerc on the main straight with just four laps left, moments before the Renaults hit disaster.

The Australian Grand Prix winner rose to second with a strong first lap, including passing Leclerc around the outside at Turn 4, but generally struggled for speed and was not a match for Hamilton or either of the Ferraris.

Hamilton rose to second by pitting earlier than Vettel at the first round of stops, but struggled to stay on the track, lacked pace and could not use his softer tyres to prevent Vettel closing in and using DRS to retake the place around the outside at Turn 4 on lap 23 of 57.

But Hamilton came back at Vettel at the second round of pitstops, attempting a gung-ho move on Vettel at Turn 4 on lap 37, while Vettel’s tyres were cold, but could not quite gain enough momentum to complete the pass at Turn 6.

Hamilton gained DRS on the main straight but couldn’t overtake into Turn 1. He went round the outside at Turn 4 again to make the pass while Vettel rotated as he tried to get back on the power at the exit, dropping him down the order.

Lando Norris rounded out the top six for McLaren, after team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr’s race was ruined by contact with Verstappen while trying to pass the Red Bull around the outside at Turn 4 early on.

Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo was seventh, ahead of the second Red Bull of Pierre Gasly, while Alexander Albon claimed his first points finish with ninth. Sergio Perez’s Racing Point rounded out the top 10, as the Renault drivers both lost likely points finishes when their cars broke down approaching Turn 1.

Race result

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 57 1h34m21.295s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 57 2.980s
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 57 6.131s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 57 6.408s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 57 36.068s
6 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 57 45.754s
7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 57 47.470s
8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 57 58.094s
9 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 57 1m02.697s
10 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 57 1m03.696s
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 57 1m04.599s
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 56 1 Lap
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 56 1 Lap
14 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 56 1 Lap
15 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 56 1 Lap
16 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 55 2 Laps
17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 53 Power Unit
18 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 53 Not running
19 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 53 Not running
Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 16 Retirement

Drivers’ standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Valtteri Bottas 44
2 Lewis Hamilton 43
3 Max Verstappen 27
4 Charles Leclerc 26
5 Sebastian Vettel 22
6 Kimi Raikkonen 10
7 Lando Norris 8
8 Kevin Magnussen 8
9 Nico Hulkenberg 6
10 Pierre Gasly 4
11 Alexander Albon 2
11 Lance Stroll 2
13 Daniil Kvyat 1
14 Sergio Perez 1
15 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
16 George Russell 0
17 Robert Kubica 0
18 Daniel Ricciardo 0
19 Carlos Sainz Jr. 0

Constructors’ standings

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 87
2 Ferrari 48
3 Red Bull/Honda 31
4 Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 10
5 McLaren/Renault 8
6 Haas/Ferrari 8
7 Renault 6
8 Toro Rosso/Honda 3
9 Racing Point/Mercedes 3
10 Williams/Mercedes 0

Da Autosport.com

GP Bahrain, prove del venerdì–29/03/2019

Bahrain Grand Prix: Ferrari dominates Friday practice, Vettel leads

Sebastian Vettel led team-mate Charles Leclerc by 0.035 seconds as the Ferrari duo topped the second free practice session for Formula 1’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas held the initiative after the early running using medium-compound Pirelli tyres, setting a time of 1m30.124s to head Leclerc by 0.079s, with the second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton third after improving his time on his second push lap.

But Ferrari was the first of the leading teams to send its drivers out on softs, with Vettel setting a time of 1m28.942s to take top spot.

Leclerc, running behind Vettel on track, slotted in behind with a 1m29.083s to put Ferrari first and second shortly before the half-hour mark.

Bottas and Hamilton then attempted performance runs on softs, with the former backing out on his first lap after a scruffy run through the first two corners after going past the two Ferraris, who were well out of the way, into Turn 2.

But Hamilton was able to nail his lap, slotting into third place after losing 0.257s in the first sector, completing the second sector 0.449s behind and then crossing the line 0.507s off.

Bottas was then able to complete a lap at the second attempt, posting a time a tenth slower than Hamilton.

Unusually, Ferrari then sent both drivers back out on another fresh set of softs, presumably because the conditions are more representative as preparation for qualifying than had they saved them for Saturday’s final session.

Vettel improved to a 1m28.846s, with Leclerc lapping just 0.035s slower, to establish an advantage of 0.603s over Hamilton in third place.

This strategy meant Ferrari started its race simulations later than usual, but Vettel spun exiting Turn 2 early in his long run before recovering.

Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg put in an impressive 1m29.669s on his performance run to take fifth place, ahead of the Red Bull of Max Verstappen by around half-a-tenth, with the Dutchman not managing to string together three strong sector times.

Haas pairing Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean were seventh and ninth, sandwiching the lead McLaren of Lando Norris – with the trio separated by just 0.068s.

With 11 minutes remaining, Norris limped back to the pits slowly, reporting over the radio "I think it’s misfiring or something".

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10, setting a time 1.247s off top spot and a tenth ahead of the second McLaren of Carlos Sainz Jr.

Pierre Gasly had a disappointing run in the second Red Bull and ended up 12th, 0.704s slower than team-mate Verstappen after struggling to get the tyres into the right temperature window.

Alex Albon was 13th in the second Toro Rosso ahead of the lead Racing Point of Sergio Perez, with Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo down in 15th, two seconds off the pace.

Kimi Raikkonen only completed six laps for Alfa Romeo and ended up 16th, 2.242s down, after a strange spin on his out-lap.

Raikkonen emerged from the pits and was circulating slowly at Turn 2 when he spun the car on the throttle – going on to complete a run and set a lap time but then disappearing into the garage where the team was focused on work around the rear end of the car.

Team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi also had a restricted session, although he did return to the track late on after completing just four laps in the early running.

He eventually logged 10 laps and ended up 18th behind Racing Point’s Lance Stroll.

George Russell won the battle of the Williams drivers at the back, lapping three seconds off the pace and just over a second faster than team-mate Robert Kubica.

Practice two times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps


Sebastian Vettel





Charles Leclerc






Lewis Hamilton






Valtteri Bottas






Nico Hulkenberg






Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Honda





Kevin Magnussen






Lando Norris






Romain Grosjean






Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Honda





Carlos Sainz Jr.






Pierre Gasly

Red Bull/Honda





Alexander Albon

Toro Rosso/Honda





Sergio Perez

Racing Point/Mercedes





Daniel Ricciardo






Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo/Ferrari





Lance Stroll

Racing Point/Mercedes





Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo/Ferrari





George Russell






Robert Kubica





Da Autosport.com

Bahrain Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc leads Ferrari practice one-two

Ferrari immediately rebounded from a poor Australian Grand Prix by setting the pace in first practice for Formula 1’s Bahrain Grand Prix, nearly a second clear of Mercedes.

Charles Leclerc set a best lap of 1m30.354s to lead the way in the blistering daytime heat, 0.263 seconds clear of Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari one-two.

Melbourne race winner Valtteri Bottas was third fastest, 0.974s down on Vettel, while Lewis Hamilton was more than 1.2s off the pace in fourth.

It looked as though Mercedes was in terrific shape in the early part of the session, as Bottas and Hamilton both used medium tyres to lap quicker than the soft-tyred Ferraris initially.

Bottas led the way on a 1m32.340s and it took several attempts before Vettel fractionally displaced him at the top of the timesheet.

Ferrari then took a big step forward, as Vettel broke into the 1m31s and Leclerc slotted into second on 1m31.884s, 0.137s down on his team-mate.

When Mercedes finally bolted soft tyres onto its cars, Bottas leapt back to the top, despite a small moment at Turn 10, setting a 1m31.328s best to stretch four tenths clear of Ferrari.

Hamilton then moved into second spot, just under three tenths down on Bottas, despite running wide at the final corner.

But Ferrari made one final push, with both cars taking to the track on soft tyres again and getting into the 1m30s.

Vettel moved briefly to the top with a 1m30.617s effort, before Leclerc went faster still to claim the top spot and make an emphatic statement at the start of an important weekend for the Scuderia.

The Red Bull-Honda of Max Verstappen enjoyed brief spells at the top but ultimately ended the session fifth, encouragingly less than a tenth slower than Hamilton’s Mercedes.

Pierre Gasly endured a difficult start to the session in the second Red Bull, complaining it was "super-oversteery" on the apex of corners on the hard tyre and asking the team to check the engine braking settings.

He finally hooked a lap together on soft tyres that was less than two tenths down on Verstappen.

The McLaren of Carlos Sainz Jr, which has taken a new Renault engine for this weekend following a fiery MGU-K failure in the Australian GP, was an impressive seventh fastest, just 0.137s down on Gasly.

Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault – which collided with Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo in the closing minutes of the session – was eighth, ahead of Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso-Honda and Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa.

Daniel Ricciardo carried the replacement Renault chassis he’s been given following the first-lap damage he suffered in Australia to the 11th fastest time, while Kevin Magnussen was 12th in the best of the Haas-Ferraris.

Williams once again brought up the rear of the field, with George Russell incurring car damage during a problematic pitlane start and suffering a spin.

He was almost seven tenths down on the Racing Point of Lance Stroll, who suffered his own spin exiting Turn 4 early on and struck the inside barrier.

Practice one times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m30.354s 20
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m30.617s 0.263s 21
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m31.328s 0.974s 26
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m31.601s 1.247s 23
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m31.673s 1.319s 21
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m31.815s 1.461s 17
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m31.952s 1.598s 28
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m32.040s 1.686s 17
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m32.339s 1.985s 24
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m32.385s 2.031s 23
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m32.401s 2.047s 19
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m32.602s 2.248s 21
13 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m32.874s 2.520s 24
14 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m32.885s 2.531s 20
15 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m32.945s 2.591s 29
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m32.949s 2.595s 22
17 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m32.994s 2.640s 22
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m33.518s 3.164s 16
19 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m34.188s 3.834s 26
20 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m34.253s 3.899s 27

Da Autosport.com

GP Bahrain, gara–08/04/2018

Sebastian Vettel wins Bahrain GP in tense finish with Valtteri Bottas

Sebastian Vettel resisted a late charge from Valtteri Bottas to win a fascinating Bahrain Grand Prix and make it two wins from two races in the 2018 Formula 1 season.

The Ferrari driver held on in a grandstand finish as Bottas, on mediums to Vettel’s fading soft tyres, just failed to steal the victory.

Lewis Hamilton recovered from a grid penalty to complete the podium after Kimi Raikkonen’s hopes were dashed during a pitstop that left a Ferrari mechanic hurt and forced him to retire.

Vettel held the lead at the start as Bottas mugged Raikkonen into Turn 1, and Vettel built a lead of more than three seconds over the first stint.

Bottas began to claw back time and was just two seconds back when Ferrari brought the race leader in for a change of tyres.

Vettel switched to softs and Raikkonen pitted a lap later as Bottas continued for two more laps, with the Ferraris benefiting from the power of fresher rubber.

When Bottas finally stopped, taking on mediums, Vettel’s lead was north of eight seconds and Raikkonen had closed back in on the Mercedes.

The lead trio held station for several laps, only really disrupted when Vettel caught the longer-running Hamilton – who had risen from ninth – and had to wait to pass the Mercedes.

Raikkonen then made a second stop that threatened to inject a strategic variable into the lead fight but ended up removing him from the picture.

The Finn pulled away before the left-rear had been changed and struck a mechanic’s leg, while Raikkonen stopped in the pitlane with three new tyres and the unchanged old one on his car and retired.

On-track Vettel appeared to be preparing for a two-stop race but his commitment to a one-stop became clear as his pace held up and Bottas failed to make significant inroads.

The gap dipped below five seconds heading towards the final 10 laps, and suddenly Vettel’s lead began to quickly diminish.

Bottas entered DRS range with two laps to go but a half-hearted look at Turn 1 on the final lap was as close as he got.

Hamilton finished 8.5s adrift of the lead duo in third, with Red Bull the only missing ingredient after both its driver’s races imploded in the first couple of laps.

Max Verstappen squeezed Hamilton too hard exiting Turn 1 after passing him at the start of the second lap damaged his left-rear wheel, which caused a puncture.

He got back to the pits and had the tyres changed, but parked up shortly after with a differential problem.

Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo’s race ended shortly after Verstappen picked up a puncture when his car shut down exiting the Turn 8 hairpin.

Red Bull’s junior team afforded it reason to be cheerful though: Pierre Gasly was an incredible fourth place for Toro Rosso on only the team’s second start with Honda power.

Gasly kept clear of the squabbling Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg, who clashed through Turn 2 over sixth on the opening lap but somehow escaped without damage, and was faultless for the remainder of the grand prix to bank his first points in F1 in style.

Magnussen then survived a near-miss with team-mate Romain Grosjean, who was out of sync on old tyres, at Turn 2 in the second half of the race to finish fifth.

Fernando Alonso leapt from 13th to ninth on the opening lap and drove a strong race after McLaren’s "astonishing" poor performance in qualifying.

He caught Hulkenberg’s Renault in the closing stages but had to settle for seventh, ahead of team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne who used medium tyres to good effect to climb to eighth after his second stop.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson banked his first points since the 2015 Italian Grand Prix in ninth place after running an extremely long first stint on softs and switching to mediums to execute a one-stop strategy to good effect.

Esteban Ocon completed the points finishers in 10th.

Race result

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1h32m01.940s 57
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.699s 57
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 6.512s 57
4 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m02.234s 57
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m15.046s 57
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m39.024s 57
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1 Lap 56
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1 Lap 56
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap 56
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap 56
11 Carlos Sainz Renault 1 Lap 56
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap 56
13 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1 Lap 56
14 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap 56
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap 56
16 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap 56
17 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap 56
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Wheel 35
Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault Collision 3
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault Electrical 1

Drivers’ standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 50
2 Lewis Hamilton 33
3 Valtteri Bottas 22
4 Fernando Alonso 16
5 Kimi Raikkonen 15
6 Nico Hulkenberg 14
7 Daniel Ricciardo 12
7 Pierre Gasly 12
9 Kevin Magnussen 10
10 Max Verstappen 8
11 Stoffel Vandoorne 6
12 Marcus Ericsson 2
13 Carlos Sainz 1
14 Esteban Ocon 1
15 Sergio Perez 0
16 Charles Leclerc 0
17 Brendon Hartley 0
18 Lance Stroll 0
19 Romain Grosjean 0
20 Sergey Sirotkin 0

Constructors’ standings

Pos Constructor Points
1 Ferrari 65
2 Mercedes 55
3 McLaren/Renault 22
4 Red Bull/Renault 20
5 Renault 15
6 Toro Rosso/Honda 12
7 Haas/Ferrari 10
8 Sauber/Ferrari 2
9 Force India/Mercedes 1
10 Williams/Mercedes 0

Da Autosport.com

Ferrari F1 mechanic suffers broken leg in Kimi Raikkonen pit incident

Ferrari has confirmed the Formula 1 mechanic who was hit by Kimi Raikkonen’s car in the botched pitstop at the Bahrain Grand Prix has suffered a broken leg.

The pitcrew member was tasked with fitting a new left rear tyre to Raikkonen’s car but, following a problem with the removal of the wheel already on it, he was still in position and had not moved when Raikkonen was released.

The mechanic was thrown to the ground, and was immediately attended to by paramedics before being taken to the track’s medical centre.

A tweet from Ferrari later said the mechanic has suffered two fractured bones.

Ferrari tweeted: "Apparently a shinbone and fibula fracture, our thoughts are with Francesco, stay strong #BahrainGP"

Speaking after the race, Raikkonen said he was unaware there had been a problem at the stop until he was told over the radio to bring his car to a halt.

"I go when the light is green and I don’t see what happens behind," said Raikkonen, who stopped his car in the pitlane straight after the incident and retired from the race.

"Unfortunately he got hurt. But you know my job is to go when the light changes – more [than] that, I don’t know really. Hopefully he’s OK."

Da Autosport.com

GP Bahrain, commenti post qualifiche–07/04/2018

Seb and Kimi secure front row lock-out: “The team deserves this result”

Sakhir – At the end of a tense qualifying session, Seb Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen flashed through the finish line of the Bahrain International Circuit to take first and second spot on tomorrow’s starting grid. It is the 214th pole position for Scuderia Ferrari and the 59th front row lock-out since 1950, while Sebastian claimed his sixth pole for the Cavallino squad and 51st overall. On a track that calls for power, traction and tire management, the two SF71Hs proved their worth and the whole team gave their best.

Kimi’s last qualifying attempt was slightly hampered by traffic, but nonetheless was good enough for second: “My last run was far from perfect; there was traffic and we couldn’t improve. We did not give ourselves a proper chance to do the best we could. The car had a lot of speed, but we did not take full advantage of that. I’m sure there was a lot more to come. Anyway, we start the race in a good position, so I’m a bit disappointed today but that’s how it goes.. Tomorrow is another day and we should have a good car; we hope for a better result. The key point will be tire management; it will be tricky for everybody. We’ll try to make the best of it, and I’ll go as fast as I can”.

Da Ferrari.com

GP Bahrain, prove del sabato–07/04/2018

Bahrain F1 qualifying: Sebastian Vettel beats Kimi Raikkonen to pole

Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix after pipping Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by 0.143s.

Raikkonen had the advantage after the first runs in Q3 by 0.095s from Vettel, but failed to improve on his second run.

Vettel, who had a precautionary change of the control electronics of his power unit ahead of qualifying, then banged in a lap of 1m27.958s using the supersofts that were the tyre of choice to secure his 51st F1 pole position.

Valtteri Bottas was third, just 23 thousandths of a second behind Raikkonen after making a two-tenths improvement on his final lap.

That put him just ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who has a five-place grid penalty so is set to line up ninth.

Hamilton was the only driver to set his Q2 time using soft-compound Pirellis, so he will start the race on that tyre.

Daniel Ricciardo was fifth fastest, almost two-tenths slower than Hamilton and nearly a second clear of the chasing pack.

Pierre Gasly put in a superb performance to secure his best qualifying result in F1 with sixth place, and is set to move up to fifth on the grid thanks to Hamilton’s penalty.

Kevin Magnussen was just 29 thousandths of a second slower in seventh, with the Renaults of Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr sandwiching the Force India of Esteban Ocon in ninth.

Brendon Hartley missed out on making it two Toro Rossos in Q3 by less than a tenth of a second, after a small mistake in the final corner on his only effort in Q2 using fresh supersofts left him 11th.

That put him just ahead of Sergio Perez in the second Force India, with the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne never looking to have top 10 pace and ending up 13th and 14th after struggling for grip.

Max Verstappen lost the rear of his Red Bull and spun exiting the slow Turn 2 left-hander while on the fourth lap of his Q1 run.

He hit the barrier with his front wing and front left wheel, which led to the session being red flagged with five-and-half minutes remaining.

Verstappen ended Q1 fourth fastest, so technically made it to Q2, but was unable to run again after the crash and was classified 15th.

Romain Grosjean was fastest of those eliminated in Q1 despite setting an identical lap time to Alonso in the first segment of qualifying.

The Haas driver’s late 1m30.530s lap during the five-and-a-half minutes of running after the red flag caused by Verstappen left him down in 16th and ranked behind Alonso, thanks to the McLaren driver setting his time first.

Grosjean subsequently complained over the radio about his outlap being "a mess".

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson failed to improve on his third and final Q1 run and ended up 17th ahead of Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin, who had to rely on his first-run time.

Charles Leclerc declared himself to be "so stupid" over the radio after spinning at the final corner on his last lap and ending up 19th.

His best lap, set on the second of three sets of tyres as the Sauber drivers and Hartley managed to squeeze in two runs before the red flag, was just 0.006s slower than Sirotkin.

Lance Stroll was slowest, the Williams driver just under a tenth slower than Leclerc.

Bahrain GP grid

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m27.958s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m28.101s 0.143s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m28.124s 0.166s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m28.398s 0.440s
5 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m29.329s 1.371s
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m29.358s 1.400s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m29.570s 1.612s
8 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m29.874s 1.916s
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m28.220s 0.262s
10 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m29.986s 2.028s
11 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m30.105s 2.147s
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m30.156s 2.198s
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m30.212s 2.254s
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m30.525s 2.567s
15 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m30.530s 2.572s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.063s 3.105s
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m31.414s 3.456s
19 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.420s 3.462s
20 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m31.503s 3.545s

Da Autosport.com

Bahrain GP F1 practice: Kimi Raikkonen fastest ahead of Red Bulls in FP3

Kimi Raikkonen’s strong form ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying continued as the Ferrari driver set the pace again in Saturday practice.

Raikkonen, who was quickest on Friday, enjoyed an advantage of half a second in FP3 as some of his rivals failed to produce representative lap times.

Teams were hesitant to hit the track given qualifying and Sunday’s race will be held in different conditions, and it took 20 minutes for Carlos Sainz Jr to end the wait for a lap time.

Sainz’s 1m33.893s was never going to be a benchmark that stood for long, and Valtteri Bottas’s supersoft-shod Mercedes quickly displaced the Renault with a 1m30.781s.

Lewis Hamilton could not better his team-mate’s time and lapped just under two-tenths slower, allowing Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to nip between the two Mercedes on soft tyres just after the half-hour mark.

Ferrari came to the fore with 20 minutes of the session remaining.

Sebastian Vettel was first to strike, emerging from the pits after repair work to fix the right-hand side bargeboard’s lower fixing, which he had broken on a kerb.

The four-time champion used supersofts to edge just ahead of Bottas on a 1m30.719s, but with yesterday’s best times being in the 1m29s there always looked like room for improvement.

Raikkonen did not take long to prove that, setting the best time in all three sectors to end up on a 1m29.868s.

His effort was marginally slower than his Friday benchmark but enough to put him well clear as the rest of the order was only settled in the final minutes.

Track temperature fell from 40C to 36C by the end of the session, which is when most of the field posted their best times.

Hamilton looked to have shaded Vettel and Bottas for best-of-the rest honours, despite running very wide exiting the final corner, but Verstappen snatched second in the final five minutes.

Verstappen then almost collided with Raikkonen at Turn 1 when the Finn emerged from the pitlane just after Verstappen had completed his flying lap.

Daniel Ricciardo replicated his team-mate’s late charge by lapping 0.06s slower moments later, which bumped Hamilton – whose five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change has been confirmed – to fourth.

Vettel and Bottas did not return to the track after setting their respective bests, but the Renaults of Nico Hulkenberg and Sainz left it late to claim seventh and eighth.

Pierre Gasly continued Toro Rosso-Honda’s strong weekend with the ninth-best time, ahead of Fernando Alonso’s McLaren.

FP3 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m29.868s 15
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m30.393s 0.525s 8
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m30.452s 0.584s 8
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m30.691s 0.823s 14
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m30.719s 0.851s 8
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m30.781s 0.913s 16
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m31.144s 1.276s 11
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m31.200s 1.332s 12
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m31.438s 1.570s 18
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m31.445s 1.577s 13
11 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m31.460s 1.592s 18
12 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m31.513s 1.645s 14
13 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m31.554s 1.686s 17
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m31.564s 1.696s 14
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m31.737s 1.869s 14
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.859s 1.991s 17
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m31.860s 1.992s 14
18 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m32.047s 2.179s 19
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m32.463s 2.595s 11
20 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m32.865s 2.997s 12

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GP Bahrain, commenti post libere venerdì–06/04/2018

Formula 1: Raikkonen escapes grid penalty as Ferrari is fined

Kimi Raikkonen has escaped a grid penalty at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite his Formula 1 car being released with a loose wheel after a practice pit stop error.

The Finn set the pace in FP2 at the Sakhir circuit before stopping in the pits for a practice stop near the end of the session.

But a problem with the right front corner meant the wheel was not properly attached as he was released back out on to the track.

The FIA is strict when it comes to cars being allowed back on track with loose wheels in practice sessions – and the normal procedure is for a grid penalty to be imposed.

However, following a stewards hearing, it was decided that such a harsh sanction was not needed on this occasion because Ferrari had done everything possible to minimise the risks of the wheel coming off.

Instead, the FIA handed out a €5000 fine to the Maranello outfit.

An FIA statement said: "The stewards reviewed the video of the pitstop of Raikkonen at 19:14 and heard from the team representatives.

"The stewards determined that the car was released in an unsafe condition in breach of Art. 28.13.b, that the team ordered the car stopped immediately, and that the driver stopped as fast as he safely could.

"Consistent with previous instances where a car was stopped on track, the stewards decide that the mandatory grid place penalty could not be applied where the team took all appropriate actions, the stewards fined the team €5,000."

Speaking after the session, Raikkonen played down the tyre drama – and was not getting too carried away with his promising Friday form.

"I felt some vibrations and it was loose and we had to stop," he said.

"It’s impossible to say what everybody is doing but not too bad.

"There’s things we have to improve but it’s a normal Friday when you try things to test you try to learn from them."

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Kimi and Seb look ahead to the remainder of the weekend

Sakhir – Topping the timesheets on Friday does not bring any points, and Scuderia Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are well aware that the Bahrain weekend has just begun. Nevertheless, their comments after the first day of practice reflected the hard work that the whole team had carried out. Kimi had to pull off the track and stop the car right at the end of the session due to a loose front right wheel, when his pitwall promptly informed him that something wasn’t right.

“It was a pretty straightforward day and the car felt ok”, said Kimi. “As on any Friday, we tried different things, tested and learned as much as possible. The feeling was pretty much the same everywhere, but in certain zones of the track we want to do better. If we look purely at lap times it was OK, but that doesn’t tell you much; It’s only the first day and it’s impossible to know what the others were doing. At the end of the second session, right after the pit-stop, I felt some vibrations in the car and the team told me to slow down and park the car. We found out that the front wheel was a bit loose, so we had to stop. For sure we still have to improve; tonight we’ll put all the data together to try and do even better”.

Da Ferrari.com

GP Bahrain, prove libere venerdì–06/04/2018

Formula 1: Raikkonen quickest for Ferrari but risks grid penalty

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen topped the second free practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix, but risks a penalty after pulling off with a loose wheel.

Raikkonen was third fastest in the early running, behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas using the soft compound Pirellis.

Raikkonen was the first driver to bolt on the super-soft Pirellis to complete a qualifying simulation, setting a best lap of 1m28.817s on his initial flier.

Raikkonen went on to do long-run work, but having done a lengthy stint on the super-softs he bolted on softs and was sent back out, only to stop on his outlap with a loose front-right wheel with 14 minutes remaining.

Stewards will investigate the incident after the session, and do have the power to issue grid penalties for unsafe releases in practice sessions.

Raikkonen’s super-soft time was never beaten, although Vettel ended up just 0.011s behind on his qualifying simulation after setting a strong pace in the second and third sectors of the Sakhir circuit.

Bottas was third, 0.552s slower than Vettel, although Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton should have been ahead of him.

On his fastest lap, Hamilton was on target to go third but was held up by Haas driver Kevin Magnussen in the final right-hander.

Hamilton wound up 0.655s off the pace, but was over three-tenths off the best time set in the final sector on that lap.

Hamilton earlier had an off at the first corner after locking up on his first set of tyres, running onto the asphalt runoff before re-joining.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was fifth fastest, but complained of a lack of power and was disappointed with his qualifying simulation as he ended up 0.928s off the pace.

But that was enough to put him just ahead of team-mate and FP1 pacesetter Daniel Ricciardo, who was a further six-thousandths of a second back.

Best of the rest was Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg, who was 1.403s off the pace.

A surprise challenger for that position was Toro Rosso-Honda driver Pierre Gasly, who put in a lap just 0.012s slower to beat McLaren pairing Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne to eighth place.

Romain Grosjean was 11th fastest for Haas ahead of the second Renault of Carlos Sainz Jr and the Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez.

Charles Leclerc was 16th, 2.555s off the pace, while Sauber team-mate Marcus Ericsson was 19th after surviving a spin into the gravel after losing the rear at the exit of Turn 2.

The Sauber duo was split by the two Williams drivers – Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin – with Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley last.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m29.817s 32
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m29.828s 0.011s 37
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m30.380s 0.563s 31
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m30.472s 0.655s 32
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m30.745s 0.928s 32
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m30.751s 0.934s 31
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m31.220s 1.403s 34
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m31.232s 1.415s 38
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m31.282s 1.465s 29
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m31.422s 1.605s 35
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m31.591s 1.774s 33
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m31.601s 1.784s 34
13 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m31.809s 1.992s 31
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m31.868s 2.051s 34
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m31.969s 2.152s 35
16 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m32.372s 2.555s 37
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m32.382s 2.565s 30
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m32.474s 2.657s 37
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m32.733s 2.916s 32
20 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m32.908s 3.091s 38

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Bahrain GP F1 practice: Daniel Ricciardo fastest for Red Bull in FP1

Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time in the first Formula 1 practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix as Red Bull had the edge on a tight Mercedes/Ferrari battle.

Ricciardo leapt to the top of the leaderboard late in the opening 90-minute session at the Sakhir circuit to go three tenths clear of Valtteri Bottas.

Kimi Raikkonen lapped within a tenth of the lead Mercedes, with Sebastian Vettel just 0.012s further back in the daylight session.

As qualifying and the race will be held after sunset, teams were happy to wait to get proper running under way.

After initial benchmarks from the Force India drivers and Ricciardo’s Red Bull, Mercedes developed a monopoly on the lead position for much of the session.

Hamilton and Bottas took turns in front with Hamilton’s 1m32.532s the benchmark at the session’s mid-point.

When running resumed after a short break, during which track temperature fell from 42C to 39C, Hamilton made a mistake on his next soft-tyre run.

Though he improved on his second flying lap Hamilton wound up 0.9s behind Bottas, who made the best of his new tyres and hammered in a 1m31.364s.

The two Ferrari drivers jumped into the chasm of lap time between the Mercedes drivers with 20 minutes remaining.

Red Bull’s session was threatening to turn out miserably as Max Verstappen suffered a loss of power early on and Ricciardo stayed in the garage after his early foray on medium tyres.

Verstappen – who had to push his car back to the pits – did not emerge again, ending the session with just two laps completed and no time set as Red Bull changed his engine manifold assembly.

However, Ricciardo headed out in the final 20 minutes on soft tyres and made an immediate impact with a 1m31.060s, 0.304s quicker than Bottas.

Haas again emerged best of the rest behind the big three teams, with Romain Grosjean 1.4s off the pace in sixth and team-mate Kevin Magnussen also in the top 10 in ninth as both used supersoft tyres.

Pierre Gasly complained of traction problems early in the session but recovered to set the seventh-fastest time, 1.7s off the pace, with soft tyres on his Toro Rosso.

The Red Bull junior team has been given upgraded engine parts by Honda for this race after turbo and MGU-H problems were identified in Australia and was confident its car would suit the low-speed parts of Bahrain well.

Gasly outpaced several cars on supersofts, including the Renaults of Carlos Sainz Jr and Nico Hulkenberg (eighth and 10th) and both McLarens.

Charles Leclerc was another star performer on softs. Despite spinning early in the session the Sauber driver slotted into 12th, between the supersoft-shod McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne as they evaluated the upgrades that were originally planned for the opening race in Australia.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m31.060s 14
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m31.364s 0.304s 24
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m31.458s 0.398s 18
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m31.470s 0.410s 17
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.272s 1.212s 21
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m32.516s 1.456s 23
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m32.779s 1.719s 26
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m32.885s 1.825s 21
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m32.971s 1.911s 19
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m33.104s 2.044s 18
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m33.223s 2.163s 24
12 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.278s 2.218s 20
13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m33.364s 2.304s 25
14 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m33.379s 2.319s 22
15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m33.467s 2.407s 29
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m33.497s 2.437s 27
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.508s 2.448s 22
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m33.662s 2.602s 26
19 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m33.794s 2.734s 23
20 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 2

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