Curious facts of the practices; temperatures; Ambient 33* Track 46* Body temp 39* Max tires 126* Brakes at the 1st corner 870*
La tabla de tiempos finales ha sido esta.
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.816s 35 2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m33.262s + 0.446 26 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m33.525s + 0.709 28 4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m33.747s + 0.931 26 5. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m33.862s + 1.046 31 6. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.246s + 1.430 28 7. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m34.411s + 1.595 34 8. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m34.449s + 1.633 31 9. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m34.615s + 1.799 32 10. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m34.893s + 2.077 34 11. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m34.895s + 2.079 29 12. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m34.941s + 2.125 29 13. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m35.183s + 2.367 33 14. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m35.229s + 2.413 26 15. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m35.459s + 2.643 38 16. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m35.913s + 3.097 32 17. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m35.968s + 3.152 35 18. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m36.169s + 3.353 30 19. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m36.587s + 3.771 32 20. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m37.803s + 4.987 33 21. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m37.812s + 4.996 28 22. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m39.649s + 6.833 27
Fernando Alonso has won the thirteenth fastest time in first free practice session for Bahrain F1 GP. With a time of 1:35:436, Fernando stood just behind Pastor Maldonado and 1,864 seconds of the best time set by Lewis Hamilton.
As expected, lots of sand on the track in the first practice session, which has made more difficult the work of most teams, who have not given many laps no matter that a truck was cleaning the track shortly before the start.
Following this first round, the classification has been this:
1. Lewis Hamilton, de McLaren-Mercedes 1m33.572 11
2. Sebastian Vettel de Red Bull-Renault 1m33.877s + 0.305 21
3. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m34.150s + 0.578 26
4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m34.249s + 0.677 23
5. Jenson Button, de McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.277s + 0.705 14
6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m34.344s + 0.772 26
7. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m34.483s + 0.911 17
8. Mark Webber de Red Bull-Renault 1m34.552s + 0.980 22
9. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m34.609s + 1.037 17
10. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m34.847s + 1.275 20
11. Sergio Pérez Sauber-Ferrari 1m35.024s + 1.452 22
12. Pastor Maldonado de Williams-Renault 1m35.268s + 1.696 24
13. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m35.436s + 1.864 21
14. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m35.497s + 1.925 24
15. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m35.719s + 2.147 19
16. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m35.929s + 2.357 24
17. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m36.195s + 2.623 20
18. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m36.330s + 2.758 11
19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m36.484s + 2.912 18
20. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m36.591s + 3.019 20
21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m37.467s + 3.895 17
22. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m38.006s + 4.434 18
23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m38.877s + 5.305 19
24. Narain Karthikeyan, HRT-Cosworth 1m39.996s + 6.424 23
Today, Fernando Alonso walked into the Bahrain paddock for the first time since winning his debut race with the Prancing Horse here in Sakhir in 2010. Facing the press, he was asked for a general view of Sunday’s Chinese race and why it turned out to be so exciting. “Last weekend was extremely close and it’s hard to remember a race that ended with a group of around nine cars all fighting for five to six laps before the flag,” began the Spaniard.
“That normally only happens after the start and then the race settles down with just a couple of overtaking moves or fights. In China it was down to a mix of strategies, with the two stoppers getting slower towards the end, so the group got more packed together. It happened by chance, but it was certainly a nice race to watch and hopefully we will see many more like this with action to the last lap, when a driver could end up either on the podium or out of the points. So far in three races we have seen three different scenarios, but I expect the championship will settle down and while now there are maybe four teams and a few drivers fighting for the championship, I expect later it will be a couple of drivers and two teams and we need to be in that group.”
As for the reasons behind the fact that the timesheets show everyone is very close, Fernando felt the main factor was the sport’s technical regulations. “One factor is that it’s the early stage of the championship, but eventually the teams with greater development potential will gain a little bit of an advantage. Also, the rules get stricter every year, so we no longer have the blown exhaust and there are more limitations on the aerodynamics: this means when you look at the shapes of this year’s cars they are more or less similar apart from the colour! This is making Formula 1 more challenging from the engineering point of view and combined with cost cutting measures, it is making F1 more spectacular and that is good.”
Alonso has made it clear that, running the same car as in Shanghai, there won’t be any miracles here in Bahrain, but the future beckons. “We are hoping for a good step forward for the start of the European season because, at the moment, we are too far behind and not in a position to fight for the championship,” he admitted. “We hope the change comes soon: Mugello will be an important test and then Barcelona is traditionally a race where all the teams bring improvements, so we will have to make a bigger step than the others and recover some of the gap.”
Fernando Alonso is already in Bahrain. The Sakhir circuit hosts this weekend’s fourth round of the F1 world championship and although the forecasts are not entirely favorable to the interests of Fernando, the truth is that it is one of the circuits for both Alonso and Scuderia Ferrari is a talisman. Fernando has uncorked the champagne from the top of the podium up to now in three occasions, the pilot has achieved the higher number of victories at this track. He did it in 2005 and 2006, both Renault and the two years when he became world champion. After repeated success in his official debut for Ferrari in 2010, including fast lap. In that edition, Felipe Massa finished second, completing a great one-two for Ferrari. The team is the one with most wins in Bahrain, four in seven years.
Fernando arrives in Bahrain conveniently located in the standings with a third place only eight behind the leader. Recently he expressed his concern for this Grand Prix as the car is the same as in Shanghai waiting for developments that will arrive in Barcelona: “Both the Scuderia and I have a good record in Bahrain: the team has won four times there, and I have won three. The last victory was actually in my first race with the Prancing Horse. But the past counts for nothing in this sport, so this weekend we will try to limit damage. ” Fernando expressed caution but also with optimism for the immediate future: “I have faith in the team, and I know everyone at Maranello are giving all to achieve this goal.”
Bahrain Grand Prix joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2004 and has been in charge of welcoming the beginning of 2006 and 2010 seasons. Within hours of the engines begin to roar, the calm is the dominant trend in Bahrain despite the unrest and instability in the country yet. The weather forecasts will be common in these latitudes: 30 degrees maximum temperature, low humidity and no wind for the entire weekend.