Stroll spins, Giovinazzi and Hulkenberg collide

Giovinazzi: Collision in FP1 as Ferrari set early pace

Giovinazzi: Collision in FP1 as Ferrari set early pace

Lance Stroll was first…to find the barrier in Bahrain. Ferrari were off to a positive start, while Antonio Giovinazzi barged into a Renault.

Here is how the first practice day unfolded in Bahrain…

Conditions were as you would expect considering we are slap bang in the middle of the desert. Possibility of rain on qualifying day, though…

Still fresh from his podium in Melbourne, Max Verstappen was all smiles ahead of the first practice session…

While Williams’ George Russell did some last minute limbering up…

In the early stages of FP1, just 0.065 seconds separated the top three of Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc.

First spin of the weekend went to Lance Stroll. Oops.

At the halfway point of FP1, it was a Ferrari 1-2 with Vettel leading Leclerc. A nice start to the day.

An hour into FP1, it was still Ferrari sitting pretty at the top…

Ferrari comfortably maintained their early advantage, but there was some late FP1 drama with Romain Grosjean breaking a front wing over the kerbs and Antonio Giovinazzi barging into Nico Hulkenberg.

No further action was taken.

In the break between FP1 and FP2, there was some good news at Williams with the legendary Sir Patrick Head returning to the team as a consultant.

Sir Patrick Head: Back at Williams
Sir Patrick Head: Back at Williams

Conditions in FP2 were much more representative of what is to come in qualifying and in the race itself.

Kimi Raikkonen was an early spinner in FP2…but no damage done.

Halfway through the FP2 session and the first qualifying sim runs in the bag, it was still Ferrari who were very much the team to beat…

Even if Vettel did blot his copybook a little by going for a big spin during his long run.

With another comfortable 1-2 in the bag, have we just seen the first signs of the Ferrari we were expecting to see in Melbourne?

Let’s see what qualifying day brings on Saturday…

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