FP1: Hamilton tops first Bahrain GP practice

Friday 20th April 2012, 09:46 by Ryan Wood 

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Lewis Hamilton topped the first Friday practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix, leading Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel by over three tenths.

The McLaren driver completed just 11 laps, joint fewest with Heikki Kovalainen, as they limited their running on thr dusty, sand covered circuit.

Paul di Resta held P3 for Force India ahead of last weekend's winner Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg.

The session was fairly uneventful, with only minor incidents occurring on-track. Timo Glock span his Marussia but recovered to the pits, whilst a handful of cars ran wide, particularly at turn 10.

In news off the track, Force India are reportedly considering skipping second practice because it would mean travelling back to their hotels in the dark and after Wednesday's events, that's something they're keen to avoid. However, it's believed Bernie Ecclestone is keen to avoid such embarrassment and is negotiating with the team.

2012 Bahrain GP FP1 Results:

#DriverTeamTimeGapLaps 
01. L. Hamilton McLaren 1:33.572
11
02. S. Vettel Red Bull 1:33.877 +0.305 21
03. P. di Resta Force India 1:34.150 +0.578 26
04. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.249 +0.677 23
05. J. Button McLaren 1:34.277 +0.705 14
06. N. Hulkenberg Force India 1:34.344 +0.772 26
07. M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:34.483 +0.911 17
08. M. Webber Red Bull 1:34.552 +0.980 22
09. K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:34.609 +1.037 18
10. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:34.847 +1.275 20
11. S. Perez Sauber 1:35.024 +1.452 22
12. P. Maldonado Williams 1:35.268 +1.696 25
13. F. Alonso Ferrari 1:35.436 +1.864 21
14. V. Bottas Williams 1:35.497 +1.925 24
15. F. Massa Ferrari 1:35.719 +2.147 19
16. K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:35.929 +2.357 24
17. J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:36.195 +2.623 20
18. H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:36.330 +2.758 11
19. V. Petrov Caterham 1:36.484 +2.912 18
20. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:36.591 +3.019 20
21. C. Pic Marussia 1:37.467 +3.895 18
22. T. Glock Marussia 1:38.006 +4.434 18
23. P. de la Rosa HRT 1:38.877 +5.305 19
24. N. Karthikeyan HRT 1:39.996 +6.424 23

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