FP1: Ferrari lead the time sheets for the first practice session ahead of this weekends Bahrain Grand Prix
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By Harry Schofield
Ferrari was on top of the leader board on the first free practice session in Bahrain.
Many drivers were hesitant to go out first as the circuit is very dusty with the sand storms overnight.
Racing Point’s Lance Stroll had a moment and hit the barriers causing some front wing damage.
The two Mercedes of Bottas and Hamilton was 3rd and 4th on the time sheets.
Williams still struggling with the car in the bottom two again nearly 4 seconds of the pace.
There will be some light at the end of the tunnel for Williams as Patrick Head is returning to the team as a consultant.
FP1: Times Bahrain 2019
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:30.354
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.263s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.974s
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1.247s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.319s
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1.461s
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.598s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1.686s
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1.985s
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 2.031s
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 2.047s
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas 2.248s
13 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 2.520s
14 Sergio Perez Racing Point 2.531s
15 Lando Norris McLaren 2.591s
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 2.595s
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 2.640s
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 3.164s
19 George Russell Williams 3.834s
20 Robert Kubica Williams 3.899s
© Harry Schofield 2019