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Featured Bahrain GP: Hamilton pips Vettel in FP3

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Jack Hunsley, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. Jack Hunsley

    Jack Hunsley
    Staff Premium Member

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    Lewis Hamilton will head into qualifying as the man to beat after topping the final free practice session ahead of this years Bahrain Grand Prix. The Brit led the way ahead of Sebastian Vettel who only just missed on the top spot by less than a tenth of a second, whilst Nico Rosberg wound up 3rd.


    Both Williams enjoyed solid sessions meanwhile, with Bottas and Massa ending the session 5th and 6th respectively, whilst Nico Hulkenberg's 9th place will give Force India a positive boost following their difficult start to the season.

    However whilst some drivers enjoyed relatively unhindered practice programs, others were suffering greatly. McLaren's Jenson Button for example, despite posting a time quick enough for 9th, was regularly complaining of a lack of grip in the front and rear along with "downgraded power" from his Honda engine.

    Meanwhile, several drivers fell foul of the headwind blowing down the main straight by locking up and running wide at turn 1, but the most affected was Daniil Kvyat who spun his Red Bull at turn 4 before rolling back into the gravel, beaching his car and bringing out the red flag. But he was able to rejoin with two minutes to go, posting the 12th quickest time of session.

    In addition, as part of the investigations from yesterday's session, Lewis Hamilton avoided picking up any form of penalty for his infringement in the dying minutes of FP2 with the stewards confirming that his call up the stewards was actually a mistake. Meanwhile no further action has been taken over Perez and Vettel's collision which brought out the red flag yesterday evening.

    But with Ferrari seemingly posing a very prominent threat to Mercedes, it looks like today's qualifying session could the most tightly fought session this year.

    Free Practice 3 Official Results
    1. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes - 1:34.599
    2. Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari - 1:34.668
    3. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes - 1:34.968
    4. Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari 1:35.141
    5. Valtteri Bottas - Williams - 1:35.393
    6. Felipe Massa - Williams - 1:35.471
    7. Pastor Maldonado - Lotus - 1:36.307
    8. Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull - 1:36.335
    9. Nico Hulkenberg - Force India - 1:36.421
    10. Felipe Nasr - Sauber - 1:36.429
    11. Jenson Button - McLaren - 1:36.488
    12. Daniil Kvyat - Red Bull - 1:36.548
    13. Marcus Ericsson - Sauber - 1:36.612
    14. Max Verstappen - Toro Rosso - 1:36.684
    15. Sergio Perez - Force India - 1:36.727
    16. Fernando Alonso - McLaren - 1:36.899
    17. Carlos Sainz Jr. - Toro Rosso - 1:36.979
    18. Romain Grosjean - Lotus - 1:37.151
    19. Will Stevens - Manor - 1:39.745
    20. Roberto Merhi - Manor - 1:40.541
     
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  2. What is the story behind FP2 and Hamilton?
     
  3. Jack Hunsley

    Jack Hunsley
    Staff Premium Member

    Apologies thought it was covered in yesterday's article.

    Basically Hamilton was also called to the stewards along with Raikkonen for allegedly driving in the pitlane in a dangerous manner after both cut to the right to overtake a group of cars lining up at the end of the pitlane towards the end of FP2.

    But whilst Raikkonen received a reprimand it was confirmed this morning that Hamilton received no penalty whatsoever.
     
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