Rosberg fastest in Bahrain GP FP1

Well I’m not sure if there are too many encouraging signs out of first practice in Bahrain but Mercedes still look quite good as Nico Rosberg was 1.8s clear of their closest rival, Kimi Raikkonen.

The Mercedes duo were .5s apart having both ran 24 laps total. The fastest man was Valtteri Bottas went over 331kph.

1Nico RosbergMercedes1m32.294s24
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m32.799s0.505s24
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m34.128s1.834s16
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/TAG Heuer1m34.461s2.167s27
5Daniil KvyatRed Bull/TAG Heuer1m34.541s2.247s30
6Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m34.601s2.307s28
7Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1m34.793s2.499s21
8Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Ferrari1m34.860s2.566s19
9Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m35.000s2.706s18
10Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m35.006s2.712s19
11Sebastian VettelFerrari1m35.073s2.779s14
12Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m35.174s2.880s21
13Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1m35.309s3.015s19
14Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m35.440s3.146s28
15Kevin MagnussenRenault1m35.490s3.196s27
16Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m35.728s3.434s30
17Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes1m36.371s4.077s26
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren/Honda1m36.392s4.098s25
19Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m36.719s4.425s24
20Jolyon PalmerRenault1m36.939s4.645s28
21Alfonso CelisForce India/Mercedes1m37.287s4.993s23
22Rio HaryantoManor/Mercedes1m37.714s5.420s27
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Ouch, Mercedes are really dominant in FP1. 1.8sec up on Ferrari. The next 1.8sec covers all the way from 2nd to 16th!
Just watching FP2 (recorded), trying not to see the outcomes on any web pages, but I think I can guess the first two spots.
The Renault looks fantastic under those lights, and Button has just gone third! But there is still 50 minutes for that anomaly to resolve itself ;-)