Formula 1: Bahrain Free Practice roundup

Welcome along to formula-1-Bahrain-free-practice-roundup. With barely an hour to go before the all-important qualifying, let’s look at the full round of Friday and Saturday free practice sessions in Bahrain.

With a big question mark over there overall pace after Australia, Ferrari seemed to have recovered their speed. Much like their Maranello counterparts, Renault also believe to have much better performance and speed in Bahrain. According to them, Australia wasn’t really a representative circuit but Bahrain, which is more of a traditional race track, suits them better.

Free practice times here:

Advantage Ferrari

Ferrari cars have dominated the free practice sessions, with Mercedes struggling to keep up. The German manufacturers have found themselves short by 0.6s in FP2 and 0.7s in FP3. Both Lewis and Valtteri didn’t really look on it during these sessions. It really spices up things, also since Leclerc beat his teammate, Vettel by a tenth to finish top of FP3. Red Bull Honda seem to be doing their own thing, and never really challenged for the top timings. We are sure to be in for a treat during the qualifying session, with all three teams looking good. Mercedes and RedBull, in the past have turned up their performance to surprise us and this time would be no different.

Worry For Alfa

Alfa Romeo has struggled with the cooling system on both their cars during FP2 and then steering and dashboard issues with Kimi’s car in the final practice. Pace-wise Alfa hasn’t been able to get ahead of the rest of the midfield and it will interesting if both cars make it to Q3. Kimi also had a leery spin right out of the pits yesterday during the night session. The track conditions also caught out other drivers.

Haas winning the mid-field battle

Haas who flew under the radar on Friday, came alive in the final practice with a 5th place in final practice ahead of the RedBull’s. With such pace, they seem to be looking de-facto ‘Best of the Rest’ team already. Renault’s engine worry continues as Ricciardo reported losing power on radio, before the system swiftly recovered.

Who to look out for

McLaren and Toro Rosso have looked really good with prospects of making it to Q3. Sainz and Norris have looked good and they would like to repeat last year McLaren’s double points finish. Kvyat has been impressive again, after his return and loks a strong contender for Q3.

Stage is set in the desert for a grand stand end to Q3 and I hope you will join me on the Live commentary of Bahrain GP Qualifying.

You can also read the report on Australian GP here.

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