Prac One: Massa leads Ferrari 1-2

Friday 19th April 2013

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Prac One: Massa leads Ferrari 1-2

Prac One: Massa leads Ferrari 1-2

Felipe Massa topped Friday's first practice for the Bahrain GP by 0.077s ahead of his Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Nico Hulkenberg got proceedings underway on a hot Sakhir circuit, clocking a 1:42.5 before taking two seconds off his time. However, that was blitzed as Kimi Raikkkonen entered the fray, a 1:35.5 for the Lotus driver, while Esteban Gutierrez took second place. They were the only three drivers to post times in the first 30 minutes.

Shortly after, though, the action heated up as the drivers came out to put in some serious running. Jenson Button hit the front before he was overhauled by Adrian Sutil. A 1:35.119 for the Force India driver.

It was all-change, though, as the front runners came out to fly halfway through the session. Sebastian Vettel went quickest of all with a 1:34.978. The German continued pushing hard - even pushing right off the track - to extend his advantage which was next over his team-mate Mark Webber.

Nico Rosberg was the next to lead the way, although that was short-lived as moments later Fernando Alonso hit the front with a 1:34.564. The Spaniard had been slowest of all after a 1:50 first lap only to put his foot flat for his second to edge Rosberg by 0.057s.

As the session entered the final 30 minutes, Felipe Massa, the last driver to set a time, went from slowest to fifth quickest to quickest of all, 0.077s up on his team-mate Alonso.

And with drivers switching to heavier fuel loads on their worn Pirellis for the final 20 minutes, the Ferrari drivers were guaranteed a 1-2 ahead of Rosberg.

Times
01 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:34.487 11 laps
02 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:34.564 +0.077 19 laps
03 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.621 +0.134 22 laps
04 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:34.790 +0.303 20 laps
05 Paul di Resta Force India 1:34.949 +0.462 17 laps
06 Jenson Button McLaren 1:35.069 +0.582 22 laps
07 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:35.101 +0.614 19 laps
08 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:35.119 +0.632 19 laps
09 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:35.345 +0.858 17 laps
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:35.611 +1.124 14 laps
11 Sergio Perez McLaren 1:35.640 +1.153 23 laps
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:35.783 +1.296 16 laps
13 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.792 +1.305 16 laps
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:36.014 +1.527 19 laps
15 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:36.485 +1.998 20 laps
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:36.498 +2.011 17 laps
17 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1:36.755 +2.268 20 laps
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:37.214 +2.727 21 laps
19 Charles Pic Caterham 1:37.850 +3.363 20 laps
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:38.401 +3.914 20 laps
21 Max Chilton Marussia 1:39.445 +4.958 12 laps
22 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia 1:40.215 +5.728 7 laps

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