Bahrain uses the same three compounds selected for China: the first back to back races of the season. Sakhir is a circuit that above all tests traction, and it’s also the first night race of the year, starting and finishing in the evening under the floodlights. As a result, the pattern of tyre behaviour and track evolution isn’t exactly the same as it would be during a conventional afternoon race. Last year, the winning strategy was a three-stopper, with the same three compounds nominated as this year.
“The biggest gains at Sakhir are all to be found in traction: it is quite a stop-start circuit, so getting the power down properly and keeping the rear tyres in good condition is very important. Last year we found quite a high degree of wear and degradation, so it will be interesting to see how this has changed with the introduction of our 2017-specification tyres. The second free practice session will be particularly important, as it is the only one held in representative conditions of qualifying and the race.”
|Pos||No||Driver||Team||Lap Time||1st Gap|
|4||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1:29,545||0,776|
|6||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:29,687||0,918|
|9||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team||1:30,763||1,994|
|11||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:30,923||2,154|
|14||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India||1:31,684||2,915|
|15||14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren||no time||-|
|16||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||1:32,118||3,349|
|18||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India||1:32,318||3,549|
|20||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1 Team||1:32,900||4,131|
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