Sutil heads Bahrain free practice one

Adrian Sutil was fastest in the first session of the year driving the VJM03

Adrian Sutil was fastest in the first session of the year driving the VJM03

Adrian Sutil put Force India at the top of the times sheets at following free practice one at Bahrain.

Ferrari and McLaren also headed the times during the 90-minute session with Fernando Alonso ending the session second quickest ahead of the man who replaced him at Renault, Robert Kubica.

The three new teams struggled to find the pace on the extended Bahrain circuit. The two Lotus drivers many several laps but at Virgin only Timo Glock was able to set a time.

Neither HRT car managed a time either. Karun Chandhok spent the entire session in the pits while Bruno Senna went out for just three laps. On his final tour of the circuit he was 15 seconds off the pace over the first two sectors.

Bahrain Grand Prix free practice 1 times

Position Car number Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’56.583 18
2 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’56.766 0.183 18
3 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’57.041 0.458 19
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’57.055 0.472 19
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’57.068 0.485 19
6 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’57.163 0.58 19
7 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’57.194 0.611 19
8 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’57.199 0.616 15
9 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’57.255 0.672 17
10 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’57.662 1.079 16
11 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’57.722 1.139 18
12 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’57.894 1.311 20
13 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’57.943 1.36 17
14 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’58.399 1.816 13
15 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’58.782 2.199 11
16 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’58.880 2.297 13
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 2’00.250 3.667 18
18 23 Kamui Kobyashi Sauber-Ferrari 2’01.388 4.805 11
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 2’03.680 7.097 8
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 2’03.848 7.265 21
21 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 2’03.970 7.387 15
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 2
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 3
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 0

More analysis of the practice times later today at F1 Fanatic.

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112 comments on Sutil heads Bahrain free practice one

  1. Mario said on 12th March 2010, 10:51

    Osvald, Massa is great driver and great man as well. He deserved for title 2 years ago. No doubt.

  2. sparky said on 12th March 2010, 11:11

    Anyone know when the GP2 Practice session is? I’m interested to know if how much faster (or slower) the new F1 teams are in comparison.

    • Matt said on 12th March 2010, 12:11

      apparently they were doing 2.08, that is senna’s quickest at the moment(19 mins of the session to go)

  3. Sankamesh said on 12th March 2010, 11:39

    And this is Force India’s Season, Congrats Mallaya !!!

  4. Peter said on 12th March 2010, 12:02

    What I do not copletely understand is that Senna drove is first lap 70 minutes into the session.
    Why did not start preps earlier? Probably just a load of work to be done. But out of professional interest I am just curious how they manage the process. As a project manager I can relate to time-boxed projects. But I cannot understand to loose 70 minutes of a 90 minutes session that can mean live or death for your entire operation. Starting completely new in the first session means you have to work twice as hard as all the other teams to get there.

  5. wasiF1 said on 12th March 2010, 12:42

    Force India is the force to reckon with this season. They are showing some good pace.They may be one of the best in the mid-field runner.

  6. Icthyes said on 12th March 2010, 13:11

    F1 is back, and so is Friday Pratice: nice, suspicious surprises, as well as shades of things to come. We missed you, F1!

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