Sebastian Vettel was the quickest man in practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix, however Ferrari’s reliability problems still persisted.
While Vettel was able to post the quickest time in both practice sessions, he encountered an electronics issue midway through second practice. Luckily he was near enough the pit lane to get back to his garage and have the team fix the problem, allowing him to complete his practice programme.
Kimi Raikkonen was less lucky when his SF70-H stopped with an overheated turbo, which caused him to stop out on track midway through the morning session. Ferrari were quick to sort the issue out for the afternoon session though, where Raikkonen along with Vettel was able to post lap times on the Super Soft tyre.
Vettel was quickest of all followed by Valterri Bottas, despite the latter encountering traffic on his run. Team mate Lewis Hamilton went to set a lap time on the Super Soft tyres, but had issues with tyre warm up on his first attempt then got blocked by Nico Hulkenberg on his second run.
Hulkenberg ended up sixth quickest in the Renault, although the stewards are looking at the incident between him and Hamilton on the basis that it was dangerous driving. Felipe Massa was seventh quickest in the afternoon ahead of Max Verstappen, whose session was curtailed when he damaged his floor and rear wing running over Bottas’ T-Wing which fell off the car for the second time in a week.
Romain Grosjean was best of the rest in the Haas finishing ninth quickest, two tenths ahead of Daniil Kvyat. Team mate Carlos Sainz stopped early on in the afternoon with a suspected Power Unit-related problem, which meant he only completed five laps.
McLaren’s troubles continued with Stoffel Vandoorne, who also stopped in the morning session with a Power Unit-related problem. The team changed his Power Unit during the lunch break, however the issue persisted and caused Vandoorne to miss the crucial race runs in practice two.
Team mate Fernando Alonso was 14th quickest ahead of Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll, the Williams driver complaining about the heat in his cockpit at the end of the day. Pascal Wehrlein meanwhile made his return since FP2 in Melbourne, completing a trouble-free day behind the wheel of his Sauber and going 19th quickest.