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Both Renault drivers will start Bahrain in the top 10, while Haas’ Kevin Magnussen is the back marker.
Nico Hulkenberg was best of the rest in Bahrain practice, finishing P6 ahead of Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean.
Carlos Sainz Jr has bemoaned the fact that the midfield are so far off the pace compared to the leading trio of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
Daniil Kvyat is braced for a difficult qualifying session, while Carlos Sainz is hoping this year will be third time lucky for him.
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz finished P7, while there was a double-points finish for Force India in Shanghai.