Ferrari pair on top in first practice

2013 Bahrain Grand Prix first practice

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2013The two Ferrari drivers headed the times in the first practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso was the first of the pair to set a time but Felipe Massa produced a quicker lap with his second effort. The two F138s were separated by less than a tenth of a second.

Behind them came Nico Rosberg, who overcame an earlier problem with his downshift to set the third fastest time. Sebastian Vettel was fourth-fastest for Red Bull.

The Force India pair appeared to have good pace with Paul di Resta fifth and Adrian Sutil two-tenths off him time in eighth.

Jenson Button was just over half a second off the pace in his McLaren with Mark Webber behind him.

The two Lotus drivers completed the top ten, but Romain Grosjean had a KERS problem during the session and complained of a lack of grip “everywhere” shortly before the chequered flag came out.

Heikki Kovalainen was just over half a second slower than Charles Pic on his return to the Caterham cockpit, and gave the team some information on how their current car compared to the old ole.

Rodolfo Gonzalez made his first appearance in a timed practice session but only managed seven laps before suffering a gearbox problem.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’34.487 11
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’34.564 0.077 19
3 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’34.621 0.134 22
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’34.790 0.303 20
5 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’34.949 0.462 17
6 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’35.069 0.582 22
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’35.101 0.614 19
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’35.119 0.632 19
9 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’35.345 0.858 17
10 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’35.611 1.124 14
11 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’35.640 1.153 23
12 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’35.783 1.296 16
13 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’35.792 1.305 16
14 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.014 1.527 19
15 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.485 1.998 20
16 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’36.498 2.011 17
17 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.755 2.268 20
18 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’37.214 2.727 21
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’37.850 3.363 20
20 21 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’38.401 3.914 20
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’39.445 4.958 12
22 22 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’40.215 5.728 7

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34 comments on Ferrari pair on top in first practice

  1. sushant008 (@sushant008) said on 19th April 2013, 9:39

    What happened to Hamilton?

    • He survives.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 19th April 2013, 9:43

      He finished 13th overall, over a second slower than Rosberg. But there hasn’t apparently been any issue with the car, so he and Rosberg were probably just on very different test programmes.

    • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 19th April 2013, 9:55

      They mentioned Hamilton wasn’t happy with the setup, and looking at the sector times he seemed to struggle in the middle sector. He also didn’t put a lap together, though, aborting a lap with the first two sectors green (though not shockingly quick ones). I’m a tiny bit worried at the moment, but there are still two practice sessions to get the car sorted.

  2. Candice said on 19th April 2013, 9:41

    Wonder how fernando rate his car after the FPs….still slower than redbull?? ROFL

    • mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 19th April 2013, 9:54

      He will change from “we don’t have the fastest car” to “I don’t have the fastest car”.

      Always nice to see Massa do well :)

    • SeaHorse (@seahorse) said on 19th April 2013, 10:02

      IMHO, though F138 is way ahead than F2012 when compared with its competitors, it is not quite clear who holds the fastest car at the moment. We would obviously need a couple of more races to determine that. In his opinion RBR seemed the fastest. By the way from when have we decided which car is the fastest on the basis of FP1 times?

      • Rambler said on 19th April 2013, 10:34

        The races though. You might’ve missed them I take it.

        • SeaHorse (@seahorse) said on 19th April 2013, 10:46

          Wonder how fernando rate his car after the FPs….still slower than redbull?? ROFL

          I suspect I was eating ice cream when I read the comment of Candice. Obviously I missed the race here.

    • Nick (@npf1) said on 19th April 2013, 10:38

      I wonder how long the duality of Alonso saying he doesn’t have the fastest car and the people who dislike him calling him out on it will go on. Both are getting tiring.

  3. Hotbottoms (@hotbottoms) said on 19th April 2013, 9:50

    That’s certainly not the result I expected from Kovalainen. Was he running a completely different spec or something like that?

  4. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 19th April 2013, 9:59

    I think Vettel looks pretty good again. He set his lap time much earlier than the Ferraris, and even then I’m not sure his time is what he could have done, because at some point he aborted a lap with the first two sectors purple after making a mistake in the final sector.

    Ferrari setting their times late is not too significant, I feel, as the times McLaren set right at the beginning of the running still stood up pretty well later on, so track evolution was certainly not the 2-3 seconds they mentioned on Sky.

  5. Starbuck (@starbuck) said on 19th April 2013, 10:01

    I wonder if Sauber already regret firing Kamui.

    • Hotbottoms (@hotbottoms) said on 19th April 2013, 10:03

      Why? Are you suggesting that Kamui is a better driver than Hülkenberg?

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 19th April 2013, 10:05

      Probably not. Hulkenberg is more talented than Kobayashi, whilst Gutierrez has more sponsorship to keep the team running.

      Besides, we already know the C32 is a disappointing car. If Kobayashi were driving it, he probably wouldn’t be faring much better than Hulkenberg and Gutierrez have been.

    • SeaHorse (@seahorse) said on 19th April 2013, 10:11

      I feel the situation where Sauber find themselves in has to do more with their current car actually.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 19th April 2013, 10:30


      Are you seriously making your assesment of how good the Sauber drivers are by FP1 times in Bahrain?

      Hulkenberg is definitely a better driver than Kamui..

    • Kobayashi wouldn’t have done anything more or less than these two guys. Remember Kobayashi managed some very poor performances last year in a car that was right about where Force India is in 2013. There’s nothing to suggest he would have dragged the C32 higher than Hulk does, at least.

      I bet Sauber regret losing Key though. That’s the real root of their problems.

  6. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 19th April 2013, 10:58

    I think both Redbull and Lotus are stronger than what their FP1 times suggest. The Ferrari’s were quite late to set their fastest laps, and by then the track had probably already improved by a few tents. Also interesting to say that even the top teams and drivers struggeled a bit, going off track at times.

  7. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 19th April 2013, 10:58

    So good to see Massa and Alonso are genuinely one of the closer pairings this year!

    • SeaHorse (@seahorse) said on 19th April 2013, 11:12

      But sadly Massa has not been able to convert his good starts into a good race though. Hope this is not the case anymore.

      • Jason (@jason12) said on 19th April 2013, 16:49

        His team has been the biggest contributor to that outcome.
        Well he is, the no.2 driver over there.

        • @jason12

          I am not sure on what basis the comment is made…other than obvious dislike towards Alonso and Ferrari… Some people make it sound as if Massa is given a car with 3 wheels to drive… and he has 5 minutes pit stops every race so that he finishes behind Alonso..

        • SeaHorse (@seahorse) said on 19th April 2013, 20:11


          I completely agree with @puneethvb Look at the Malaysian GP for example. With Alonso being eliminated at the end of lap 1, there is no possibility Ferrari could have favored Alonso over Massa. In China though it was more to do with the fact that Massa was close to Alonso and making them pit on the same lap would have obviously backfired for Massa. Had Massa been able to defend his position and get rid of the crowd during his middle stint, he would definitely have not lost his position let alone gaining position. But in Australia, Massa could not have done much, but be clear that Ferrari didn’t hamper his race.

  8. Pedo Massa, creepy.

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