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Nico Rosberg tops FP1 timesheet in Bahrain

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Nico Rosberg led the way for Mercedes AMG PETRONAS in free practice one of the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix around the Bahrain International Circuit on Friday.

The German set the pace with a lap of 1m32.294s, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton 0.505s behind. Kimi Raikkonen set a time of 1m34.128s for Scuderia Ferrari to go third fastest behind the Briton. With the Red Bull Racing duo Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat completing the top five.

Nico Hulkenberg set a fastest lap time of 1m34.601s for Sahara Force India to go sixth fastest ahead of the Scuderia Toro Rosso duo Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen. Completing the top ten was the Haas F1 of Romain Grosjean in ninth with a fastest lap of 1m35.000s to set him only 0.006s faster than the Williams Martini Racing of Felipe Massa in tenth.

Missing out in the top ten by 0.067s behind Massa was the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. With the second Williams of Valtteri Bottas in twelfth behind the German with a time of 1m35.174s. Esteban Gutierrez finished in thirteenth for Haas in their second FP1 with a time of 1m35.309s. Only 0.309s behind French team-mate Grosjean.

Jenson Button finished ahead of former McLaren-Honda team-mate Kevin Magnussen in fourteenth, with Magnussen finishing the session for Renault with a time of 1m35.490s only 0.050s behind the Briton. Marcus Ericsson finished the session for Sauber F1 in fifteenth with rookie Pascal Wehrlein behind him for Manor Racing.

Filling in for Fernando Alonso this weekend after his crash with Gutierrez at the season-opener in Melbourne, GP2 Champion Stoffel Vandoorne finished the session in eighteenth. With the second Sauber of Felipe Nasr behind him with a time of 1m36.719s. Jolyon Palmer finished in twentieth ahead of Alfonso Celis, who took over FP1 driving duties from Sergio Perez for Force India. Rio Haryanto finished the session with a time of 1m37.714s, 5.420s behind Rosberg’s fastest lap.

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