Raikkonen heads Vettel in first Bahrain session

By on Friday, April 17, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen headed a Ferrari 1-2 during a first practice session which took place in very hot conditions in Bahrain.

Raikkonen posted a 1:37.827 on the Medium tyres as the track conditions improved as the session wore on.

Several drivers waited until the final minutes of the session before posting their best times, saving a second set of tyres until the track temperature cooled somewhat.

Raikkonen's time was two-tenths of a second quicker than that achieved by Sebastian Vettel, who suffered from power unit issues during the session.

Valtteri Bottas had a couple of lurid moments in the Williams FW37 but ended up in third place.

Toro Rosso enjoyed a strong session as Carlos Sainz Jr. placed fourth, with Max Verstappen enjoying a spell at the top of the times before ultimately placing sixth.

Daniel Ricciardo split the Toro Rosso drivers while Fernando Alonso ensured McLaren was comfortably inside the top 10 as he set the seventh fastest time, though the Spaniard had a couple of off-track moments as he learns more about the Honda-powered MP4-30.

Felipe Nasr was eighth for Sauber, ahead of Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat and Williams driver Felipe Massa.

Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg were split by Pastor Maldonado, who had a wild moment exiting the final corner and skated through the gravel.

Jolyon Palmer had another practice outing in place of Romain Grosjean at Lotus and set the 14th fastest time.

Mercedes had a low-key session as it conducted its plan without undue drama but finished down in 15th and 16th positions, with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton setting their best times during the early stages of running.

Marcus Ericsson was 17th for Sauber, ahead of Manor Marussia duo Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi.

Jenson Button endured a troublesome session as he spun at Turn 1 on his first flying lap due to a technical problem and sat out the remainder of running as McLaren worked on his car.

17Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:37.82713
25Sebastian VettelFerrari1:38.0290.20212
377Valtteri BottasWilliams1:38.3900.56323
455Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:38.4470.62014
53Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:38.4550.62817
633Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:38.5040.67722
714Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:38.5980.77118
812Felipe NasrSauber1:38.6280.80117
926Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing1:38.6610.83417
1019Felipe MassaWilliams1:38.7900.96321
1111Sergio PerezForce India1:38.7930.96615
1213Pastor MaldonadoLotus1:38.8421.01523
1327Nico HulkenbergForce India1:39.1871.36020
1430Jolyon PalmerLotus1:39.2831.45631
156Nico RosbergMercedes1:39.2931.46623
1644Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:39.5321.70522
179Marcus EricssonSauber1:39.5341.70721
1828Will StevensMarussia1:42.9735.14612
1998Roberto MerhiMarussia1:44.2656.43815
2022Jenson ButtonMcLarenNo time2

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