The first training session in Bahrain left unanswered questions that arose after the test drives. Adrian Sutil's best time is not yet a clue that a sensation is looming, but Force India are fast in Bahrain. Sutil achieved three 1:56 lap times in a row. Force India-Vitantonio Liuzzi completed a total of five laps of 1.57 minutes. 'Even if you had 20 kilograms of fuel on board, those are good lap times', praised R ed Bull consultant Helmut Marko.
Formula 1 : Problems with the top teams
Red Bull was not yet satisfied after the first training session. Sebastian Vettel pulled a brake plate early on, which hindered him for the rest of the training. 13th place for the vice world champion. Mark Webber hadn't even gotten to fine-tune his setup yet. The Australian came in ninth.
Long faces on Mercedes . The drivers complained of understeer. A problem that she also followed during the test drives. The new aerodynamics package has not yet paid off. It includes a new diffuser, new baffles in front of the side pods and curtains at the bottom of the nose, just like Renault has. Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher finished eighth and tenth.
The tires are particularly stressed in Bahrain
Despite the long winter break, the drivers were reluctant to take part in the training on. The reason was the high level of tire wear. The rear tires suffer particularly badly in Bahrain because the car accelerates six times from low speed. 'We couldn't have done much more laps,' explained team boss Franz Tost. 'The rear tires were finished. The green track didn't exactly make life easier for them.'
While the top ten were on the road with moderate amounts of fuel, Sauber started his program with full tanks. Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi didn't even break the two-minute mark. The Lotus drivers and Timo Glock in the Virgin were more than seven seconds behind the best time. While Glock was only able to drive at the end due to a damaged clutch, Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen did 36 laps. Head of Technology Mike Gascoyne was nevertheless satisfied:'We drove on a lot of fuel and tried out new aerodynamic parts that came over night.'
The first meters for Hispania Racing
The best news from The newcomers came from Hispania Racing . 20 minutes before the end of the training session, Bruno Senna was able to cover the first kilometers in the new car. The Brazilian managed three laps together with his team-mate Karun Chandhok. 'Boring, very wavy,' complained Rosberg. 'The first fast right turn is still possible, but the rest is like parking,' scoffs Vettel. Nevertheless, the 887 meters extra distance influenced the car's set-up. The wings are set one step steeper than on the old course.