Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest pace in first Bahrain practice

Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton tops the quickest pace in the first practice ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel in second.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has recorded the fastest time in the first practice run of the track at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The British driver, who is currently at the top of the Championship driver rankings, sailed around the track in 1:33.572, while Red Bull favourite Sebastian Vettel racked up the second quickest time and Paul Di Resta the third.

Chinese Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg claimed the fourth fastest spot, while his Mercedes teammate Michael Schumacher dropped into seventh.

Jenson Button, who is second in the driver rankings, set the fifth quickest pace in Bahrain with Lotus Renault driver Romain Grosjean claiming the 10th spot.

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TeamPoints
1Mercedes222
2Ferrari214
3Red Bull112
4Force India71
5Toro Rosso29
6Williams-Mercedes22
7Renault18
8Haas15
9Sauber4
10McLaren0
DriversTeamPoints
1Sebastian VettelFerrari141
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes129
3Valtteri BottasMercedes93
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari73
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull67
6Max VerstappenRed Bull45
7Sergio PerezForce India44
8Esteban OconForce India27
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso25
10Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes20
11Nico HulkenbergRenault18
12Romain GrosjeanHaas10
13Kevin MagnussenHaas5
14Pascal WehrleinSauber4
15Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
16Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes2
17Fernando AlonsoMcLaren0
18Marcus EricssonSauber0
19Jolyon PalmerRenault0
20Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
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