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Practice One - Massa leads Ferrari 1-2 in Bahrain 19 Apr 2013

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 19 April 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 19 April 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 19 April 2013 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW35.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 19 April 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 19 April 2013

Ferrari got their 2013 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix campaign off to the best possible start in Sakhir on Friday morning when Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso ended FP1 first and second fastest.

Massa lapped his F138 in 1m 34.487s on Pirelli's orange-marked hard tyre, with Alonso 0.077s down on 1m 34.564s.

Right behind them, Nico Rosberg was again on strong form for Mercedes with 1m 34.621s ahead of Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull on 1m 34.790s and Paul di Resta's Force India on 1m 34.949s.

Jenson Button wasn't quite able to crack the 1m 34s barrier, taking his McLaren round in 1m 35.069s to head Mark Webber's Red Bull on 1m 35.101s, Adrian Sutil's Force India on 1m 35.119s, and the Lotuses of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean on 1m 35.345s and 1m 35.611s.

Sergio Perez was 11th fastest for McLaren on 1m 35.640s, Valtteri Bottas's Williams 12th on 1m 35.783s and Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes 13th on 1m 35.792s.

Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo were again closely matched in their Toro Rossos, with 1m 36.014s and 1m 36.485s respectively, while Pastor Maldonado hounded the Australian with 1m 36.498s in his Williams.

Sauber drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez struggled again with 1m 36.755s and 1m 37.214s apiece.

Charles Pic took a partially updated Caterham to 19th place with 1m 37.850s, heading new team mate for the session Heikki Kovalainen, whose return to active F1 duty in a standard CT03 for comparison purposes, yielded 1m 38.401s.

Max Chilton was Marussia's leading runner with 1m 39.445s, ahead of Venezuelan Friday morning partner Rodolfo Gonzalez, who worked down to 1m 40.215s before technical problems intervened.

The session was run in track temperatures that peaked at 45 degrees Celsius and ambient temperatures that reached a heady 34 degrees Celsius.

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