Ferrari returns to work in Bahrain and Sainz starts strong

A second advantage for Leclerc, the fastest, on the two Mercedes in the first freestyle of the Bahrain GP. The Madrilenian, seventh and near Red Bull.


As if Australia were a bad dream, Ferrari started in Bahrain right where it left it in the preseason of Barcelona: to the front, with apparent advantage and with very good sensations. Great time for Charles Leclerc to lead the first free practice in Sakhir with a second advantage over the Mercedes and two tenths over his teammate, the four-time champion Vettel. And competitive records to be only Friday: the Maranello cars were the only ones that rolled at 1:30 am in the heat of the morning session, which, in any case, does not serve for the teams to do many tests because neither the classification nor the career develop in these conditions.

Bottas also improved Hamilton, although the Briton stepped on the dirty in his fast lap attempt and his team did not make more serious attempts afterwards. After them, the two Red Bull, not so far from the head at the moment, and Carlos Sainz that starts strong the weekend with a 1: 31.9 that left him one tenth of Gasly and at the head of all the middle class of the F1, surpassing in almost a second his companion, Norris, although the Briton made his chrono several minutes before, with the dirtiest track, in theory. The McLaren starts with more solidity than in Albert Park, where the free were certainly irregular, and the Madrid, who made more laps than anyone, is the only one that opens engine in Bahrain.

As for the rest, all together and scrambled to the Waiting for Haas to make an appearance, because American cars so united with Ferrari should sooner or later show their advantage of almost seven tenths in qualifying. Uncomfortable day for Kimi Raikkonen, somewhat grumbling about two encounters on the track with a Toro Rosso and a McLaren, with the Alfa Romeo closing the virtual top-10 overtaken by a Renault, the Hulkenberg, and a Toro Rosso, the Kvyat . Although it is clear that from seventh to 18th, the difference will be in a good lap to enter Q3 or stay in Q1, and that is in the hands of the pilot. To the tail, Stroll with less laps than the rest for a track exit and the Williams, to a world.



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