Bahrain 2010: Free Practice One

Bahrain 2010: Free Practice One

The winter is over, the engines have been fired up and drivers have taken to the race track in anger for the first time in 2010. The opening practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix completed earlier and it was the first time we all got to see the cars on the track together. The times set though are still varying due to fuel loads and as with all practice sessions, it is nigh-on impossible to gauge where everybody is in relation to each other.

Perhaps surprisingly though, it was Adrian Sutil who went fastest, beating the top teams and top drivers to head the timing sheet. Sutil’s laptime, 1m56.583s, was 0.2s faster than Fernando Alonso who showed good pace in the Ferrari. Of course, the times are greater than those set last year due to the new configuration being used at the Sakhir circuit.

Being the opening session, there were a few problems for many drivers and the track was very green, having not been used for a while and the wind blowing sand over the tarmac. Three drivers failed to set times, one of whom didn’t even get out of the garage. Lucas Di Grassi completed two laps but neither were timed, likewise Bruno Senna completed three un-timed tours of Sakhir. Karun Chandhok remained in the pitlane, the Hispania Racing car having only passed scrutineering this morning.

Other notable positions on the timing sheet include Felipe Massa, the Brazilian returning to full-time racing after his accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix last year. Massa went P4 in the sister Ferrari. The McLarens went P5 and P6, Jenson Button getting the upper hand on his team mate Lewis Hamilton. Vitantonio Liuzzi underlined the performance of the Force India, going P7 and only 0.031s behind Hamilton.

Nico Rosberg drove considerably better than his experienced team mate Michael Schumacher, the word in Bahrain being the multiple world champion isn’t entirely happy with the way everything is going. According to BBC Radio 5live, Schumacher requested his garage set up be changed, causing a headache for the mechanics and engineers who are used to the garage being configured a certain way. Schumacher went P10 in comparison to Rosberg’s P8.

Red Bull Racing went P9 and P13, Mark Webber driving better than Sebastian Vettel. Of the new teams who managed times, Timo Glock heads the rest with P19 although the German was over 2s slower than the Saubers ahead of him. Heikki Kovalainen finished his morning in P20, 0.122s ahead of his team mate Jarno Trulli.

Of the new drivers, Nico Hulkenberg ended his morning in P12, interestingly ahead of his team mate Rubens Barrichello who finished in P15. Russia’s first Formula One driver Vitaly Petrov completed his running in P16, although he was considerably shy of his team mate, Robert Kubica driving to a fine P3 time.

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Bahrain 2010
Free Practice Two

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Completed

1. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India 1m56.583s 18 Laps
2. Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Ferrari 1m56.766s 18 Laps
3. Polish FlagRobert Kubica Renault 1m57.041s 19 Laps
4. Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Ferrari 1m57.055s 19 Laps
5. British FlagJenson Button McLaren 1m57.068s 19 Laps
6. British FlagLewis Hamilton McLaren 1m57.163s 19 Laps
7. Italian FlagVitantonio Liuzzi Force India 1m57.194s 19 Laps
8. Germany FlagNico Rosberg Mercedes 1m57.199s 15 Laps
9. Australian FlagMark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m57.255s 17 Laps
10. German FlagMichael Schumacher Mercedes 1m57.662s 16 Laps
11. Spanish FlagJaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m57.722s 18 Laps
12. German FlagNico Hulkenberg Williams 1m57.894s 20 Laps
13. German FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m57.943s 17 Laps
14. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m58.399s 13 Laps
15. Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Williams 1m58.782s 11 Laps
16. Russian FlagVitaly Petrov Renault 1m58.880s 13 Laps
17. Spanish FlagPedro De La Rosa Sauber 2m00.250s 18 Laps
18. Japanese FlagKamui Kobayashi Sauber 2m01.388s 11 Laps
19. German FlagTimo Glock Virgin Racing 2m03.680s 8 Laps
20. Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen Lotus 2m03.848s 21 Laps
21. Italian FlagJarno Trulli Lotus 2m03.970s 15 Laps
22. Brazilian FlagLucas Di Grassi Virgin Racing No Time 2 Laps
23. Brazilian FlagBruno Senna Hispania Racing No Time 3 Laps
24. Indian FlagKarun Chandhok Hispania Racing No Time 0 Laps
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