GP Bahrain 2012 - Training result 1

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GP Bahrain 2012 (1st training)
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B at 29 degrees and bright sunshine the Formula 1 on Friday (April 20th) in the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend. It was particularly important for the teams to collect data on the Pirelli tires over the first few kilometers. Since the Bahrain GP was canceled last year, no one has any experience under racing conditions with the Pirelli tires. The DRS system is also being used for the first time in Bahrain.

New track variant

Lewis Hamilton was the fastest man on Friday morning and almost cracked the pole position time the year 2009, when Formula 1 was last on the shortened route variant. The McLaren driver needed 1.33.572 minutes for the 5.412 kilometers. Pole time from 2009 is 1.33.431 minutes.

Sebastian Vettel landed in second place, 0.305 seconds behind. In the first training session, Vettel, like teammate Mark Webber, now drove with the latest exhaust version. In Shanghai, the world champion had preferred an old variant. For the German, the change is likely to take a lot of getting used to.

Vettel also seemed to be running a different test program than his teammate. Already in the first practice session he tested with a little less fuel for qualifying. You could also see the Red Bull technicians applying the Flowviz paint to the front wing, which makes aerodynamic air flows visible.

Force India with soft tires

Paul di Resta took third place in Force India - despite intermittent KERS problems. Surprisingly, both drivers were already on the track for the first test with the soft Pirelli tires, which certainly contributed to the good lap times.

The unusual test program has a reason: The team is considering not using it in the second training session for safety reasons. On Wednesday, four mechanics got into an argument between police and demonstrators while driving home in the car. The vehicle had just missed a Molotov cocktail.

Four German drivers in the top ten

The winner of the last race, Nico Rosberg, placed his Mercedes in fourth place ahead of Jenson Button in the McLaren, who once again couldn't quite keep up with Hamilton in training. Nico Hülkenberg was waved off in sixth place ahead of Michael Schumacher.

Mark Webber took eighth position. The Australianwas 0.675 seconds short of his teammate. Kimi Räikkönen finished ninth in front of his teammate Romain Grosjean. The Ferrari duo Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa completed the first training run in 13th and 15th place.

Track with an unusually large amount of grip

According to the drivers' initial statements, the track offered a lot of grip on Friday morning. In the past few years, the desert sand often created difficult conditions. On Thursday, the track workers had freed the piste from the fine grains with a huge vacuum cleaner. Incidentally, the hardest-working pilot was Paul di Resta with 26 laps.

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