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Vettel fastest, problems for Raikkonen in opening practice - FP1 Report

16 April 2017, 02:26 | Simon Arnold

Sebastian Vettel is level on points in the title race with Lewis Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel is level on points in the title race with Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton had to cede pole to team mate Valtteri Bottas in Bahrain after a great performance by the Finn, but the triple World Champion was quick to praise his Mercedes teammate.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his auto during the first practice session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, April 14, 2017.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel clocked the fastest time for Ferrari in Friday's opening free practice session for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

"Firstly, a big congratulations to Valtteri".

Hamilton has found himself on pole position for each grand prix this season, though he lost the season-opening Australian Grand Prix to Vettel, who captured Ferrari's first race victory since the 2015 season.

Cape Town - This season is not going to only be about Lewis Hamilton versus Sebastian Vettel as Valtteri Bottas intends getting involved in the title fight.

In the hot, dry and dusty conditions at the Bahrain International Circuit, the outcome was not representative of true potential for Sunday's race when the temperature is expected to be cooler by at least 15 degrees.

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Carlos Sainz Jr. had shown good speed during practice, but qualified 16th as his Toro Rosso was hit by a power failure late in Q1.

Raikkonen's session ended early after his Ferrari sustained engine damage before he could even complete a timed lap. Raikkonen, whose nickname is "Iceman", eventually hitched a lift the rest of the way on a scooter.

Ferrari was quick despite problems. Lance Stroll was also unable to make it through, his lap good enough for P12 in the Williams.

McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne's session was cut short by an engine problem, which will be a cause of frustration for his team.

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen and Sauber's Marcus Ericsson were 16th and 17th ahead of Pascal Wehrlein. Esteban Ocon wound up 14th for Force India, citing a lack of grip on his final Q2 lap as he finished two seconds off the pace.

"In the end, of course, results are all that matter and I'm very keen to get the proper results as soon as possible, because every point I lose now will affect by the end of the year".

Bernie Ecclestone is back in a Formula One paddock for the first time since he was ousted by the sport's new owners Liberty Media following their £6.4billion purchase in January. The 86-year-old Ecclestone was in charge of the sport for almost 40 years before relinquishing control to US sports and entertainment firm Liberty Media in January.



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