Hamilton puts Mercedes on top in Bahrain FP1
Lewis Hamilton picked up where he left off by leading Nico Rosberg in a Mercedes one-two in first practice for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix on Friday.
The 2008 world champion, winner in steamy Malaysia last weekend ahead of championship leader Rosberg, completed 14 laps and was fastest around the Sakhir circuit with a best time of one minute 37.502 seconds.
Rosberg's time, on an day where the track temperature hovered around 33 degrees Celsius on a bright and breezy afternoon, was 0.231 slower.
The timesheets reinforced Mercedes' early-season superiority, with four cars powered by their engines in the top five.
Alonso, who has finished fourth in both races so far this season, provided some amusement when Ferrari accidentally sent him out with one soft tyre and three mediums on his car. The Spaniard stopped in the pit lane and was pushed back.
Second practice will be cooler and held under the newly-installed floodlights, with the race celebrating its 10th anniversary by switching from an afternoon to day-to-night format for the first time.