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Published: 14:30 | 1/4/16

Rosberg tops morning Bahrain practice

Nico Rosberg posted the fastest time in Friday's first free practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Rosberg took the victory in the season-opener in Australia and his bid for a fifth consecutive victory got off to the perfect start as he held off the challenge of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to clock the fastest time of the morning at the Sakhir circuit.

The German posted a lap time of 1:32.292 to finish 0.277s ahead of his team-mate with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen best of the rest, 1.834 behind the pacesetter.

Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat were fourth and fifth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India.

Carlos Sainz Jr and his Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen were seventh and eighth respectively as Romain Grosjean clocked the ninth-fastest time of the day for Haas. Felipe Massa completed the top ten in the Williams.

Bahrain Grand Prix - Practice 1 results:
Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.294s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.799s 0.505s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m34.128s 1.834s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m34.461s 2.167s
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m34.541s 2.247s
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.601s 2.307s
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.793s 2.499s
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.860s 2.566s
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m35.000s 2.706s
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m35.006s 2.712s
11 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m35.073s 2.779s
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m35.174s 2.880s
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m35.309s 3.015s
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m35.440s 3.146s
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m35.490s 3.196s
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.728s 3.434s
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m36.371s 4.077s
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m36.392s 4.098s
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.719s 4.425s
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m36.939s 4.645s
21 Alfonso Celis Force India/Mercedes 1m37.287s 4.993s
22 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m37.714s 5.420s

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