Ferrari pair on top in first practice

2013 Bahrain Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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