Hamilton leads Rosberg in first practice

By on Friday, April 4, 2014
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Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time during first practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix, ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton was 0.231s quicker than Rosberg, with Fernando Alonso a couple of tenths further back in third place.

Alonso was involved in a bizarre moment midway through the session when Ferrari released the Spaniard on one soft tyre and three medium compound tyres. His mechanics wheeled him back to the Ferrari garage and resolved their error.

Nico Hulkenberg continued his fine form for Force India by setting the fourth quickest time. Jenson Button was fifth for McLaren, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen.

Daniil Kvyat finished in eighth place for Toro Rosso, while Sergio Perez was ninth quickest in the Force India. Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top 10.

Felipe Massa was 11th in the Williams, while Jean-Eric Vergne was 12th, ahead of Williams debutant Felipe Nasr, who will participate in GP2 for the remainder of the weekend.

Daniel Ricciardo was a lowly 14th for Red Bull, followed by Adrian Sutil, Pastor Maldonado and Jules Bianchi.

Giedo van der Garde tested for Sauber for the first time and was 18th, ahead of Romain Grosjean, Max Chilton, Caterham test driver Robin Frijns and Marcus Ericsson.

PositionNumberDriverTeamTime/RetiredGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:37.50214
26Nico RosbergMercedes1:37.7330.23113
314Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:37.9530.45117
427Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:38.1220.62010
522Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:38.6361.13416
67Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:38.7831.28112
720Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:38.9491.44715
826Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:39.0561.55424
911Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:39.1021.60021
101Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:39.3891.88716
1119Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:39.5332.03111
1225Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:39.8622.36026
1340Felipe NasrWilliams-Mercedes1:40.0782.57614
143Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:40.4062.90419
1599Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:40.6523.15020
1613Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:40.7933.29131
1717Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:40.8893.38720
1836Giedo van der GardeSauber-Ferrari1:40.9133.41120
198Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:41.0363.53424
204Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:41.7944.29220
2146Robin FrijnsCaterham-Renault1:42.4174.91535
229Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:42.7115.20921

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