F1Weekly podcast # 652

 Lewis Hamilton Bahrain FP1

Clark and Nasir cover the Malaysian Grand Prix , we have Motorsports Mondial with the King! And here are the results of Friday practice in Bahrain-

The first practice sessions for the third race of the 2014 season took place today at the Bahrain International Circuit.

– With P1 in the mid-afternoon, P2 at 6pm was the first ever Formula One session to be held under floodlights in Bahrain
– Most of today’s running took place in P2 where conditions were more representative of those for qualifying and the race
– Lewis and Nico topped the timesheets today, setting their fastest laps on the medium tyre in P1 and the soft tyre in P2
– Nico received a reprimand in the aftermath of the second session for impeding Sergio Pérez

Lewis Hamilton

It’s been a pretty decent day for us. The car felt good from the outset which allowed us to spend time getting to grips with the tyres. The softs in particular seem to be working well and we saw a fair difference in lap time between them and the mediums. The focus today was on the second session as the timing and conditions reflects that of the rest of the weekend and the difference in temperature between the sessions was quite large. The key was to not react too much to that change in terms of our approach to set-up and we seemed to manage that well. It was great driving under the spotlights here: the circuit looks even better at night and you don’t really notice a difference in terms of visibility. It’s actually quite nice to be driving in cooler conditions too. As always there are still some tweaks we can make to improve the car, but overall I’m feeling good. I heard the update about Michael after P2 and we are all thinking of him and his family.

Nico Rosberg

Today was a good day of testing for us. It seems that we are quick in terms of outright pace and I also had a good long run in the second session, so I’m quite confident about the weekend ahead. Driving in the evening is very different, as the track temperatures are much lower than during all the test sessions we’ve had so far during the day. We learned a lot in the new conditions and it worked out quite well. It was also great to hear some encouraging news about Michael today. The whole paddock was happy to hear this and I hope his progress continues.

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