De Vries tops first day in Sakhir

Nyck de Vries, Paul Ricard 2018
De Vries topped the timesheets with Rapax in Bahrain last year

Nyck de Vries set the benchmark on day 1 in Bahrain.

Ghiotto’s best time on medium compound tyres put him top ahead of the Charouz pair, with the Arden drivers both featuring inside the top ten, as well as Ghiotto’s team mate Roy Nissany. While most times were reasonably close, the pecking order being so different from Paul Ricard suggest some teams did not try their best at excratcing a quick lap time. ART went as far as setting most laps than anyone else but not completing any flying lap.

The morning session saw three interruptions when Albon, Maini and Latifi took turns in stopping on track in the second half of the session.

Last year’s runner-up Markelov caused the only interruption of the afternoon session when he briefly stopped at turn 8. The top of the timesheets changed hands frequently in the final hour of running, after teams had dedicated the first part to trying and set as many laps as possible.

Morning session

Pos. Driver Team Fastest lap Gap Laps
1 Luca Ghiotto Campos 1:44.042 28
2 Antonio Fuoco Charouz 1:44.435 +0.393 12
3 Louis Deletraz Charouz 1:44.549 +0.507 17
4 Maximilian Günther Arden 1:44.603 +0.561 23
5 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:44.657 +0.615 14
6 Nirei Fukuzumi Arden 1:44.711 +0.669 25
7 Alexander Albon DAMS 1:44.868 +0.826 12
8 Arjun Maini Trident 1:44.919 +0.877 14
9 Nyck de Vries Prema 1:44.944 +0.902 27
10 Roy Nissany Campos 1:45.022 +0.980 24
11 Lando Norris Carlin 1:45.087 +1.045 24
12 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1:45.214 +1.172 14
13 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1:45.225 +1.183 25
14 Tadasuke Makino Russian Time 1:45.369 +1.327 16
15 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:45.600 +1.558 18
16 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1:45.800 +1.758 16
17 Sean Gelael Prema 1:45.920 +1.878 26
18 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1:45.935 +1.893 21
19 George Russell ART 2:20.779 +36.737 29
20 Jack Aitken ART 2:28.722 +44.680 27

Afternoon session

Pos. Driver Team Fastest lap Gap Laps
1 Nyck de Vries Prema 1:43.785 21
2 Louis Deletraz Charouz 1:43.955 +0.170 24
3 Lando Norris Carlin 1:44.051 +0.266 26
4 Arjun Maini Trident 1:44.115 +0.330 27
5 Antonio Fuoco Charouz 1:44.202 +0.417 19
6 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1:44.327 +0.542 20
7 Luca Ghiotto Campos 1:44.363 +0.578 19
8 Maximilian Günther Arden 1:44.410 +0.625 30
9 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1:44.444 +0.659 25
10 Jack Aitken ART 1:44.448 +0.663 42
11 George Russell ART 1:44.505 +0.720 36
12 Tadasuke Makino Russian Time 1:44.637 +0.852 23
13 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:44.644 +0.859 21
14 Sean Gelael Prema 1:44.683 +0.898 22
15 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1:44.806 +1.021 25
16 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1:44.820 +1.035 24
17 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:45.893 +2.108 22
18 Roy Nissany Campos 1:45.923 +2.138 21
19 Alexander Albon DAMS 1:46.217 +2.432 28
20 Nirei Fukuzumi Arden 1:49.230 +5.445 28

 

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