Drivers report on the first day of free practice of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, Round 4 of the Formula 1 world championship, at Sakhir.
First Practice Session: Position: 7, Best Time: 1:35.101, Laps: 19
Second Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:34.184, Laps: 26
“I would have liked to have got some more running in P2, but I still think we learned what we expected today. Saturdays are perhaps becoming less important overall than they used to be, but they’re still important in terms of traffic. You don’t want to be in too much traffic on Sunday, as the tyres don’t like being disturbed and wear more which will shorten your first stint – so you still need to be in a good position. We still have areas to improve on the car. Lotus and Ferrari look strong and Mercedes is there too.”
First Practice Session: Position: 4 Best Time: 1:34.790, Laps: 20
Second Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:34.282, Laps: 29
“It’s pretty close. If you look at the opposition then Ferrari and Lotus were strong today and I think it will be close in qualifying. It’s important to work with the tyres around the track. I wasn’t so happy with my short runs today – but that’s why we have the Friday practice sessions I guess; I was happier with the longer runs. The tyres still seem to be the dominating factor. The car seems quick, so we have to make sure we use that and then we should be on the right page.”