Two-time Bahrain Grand Prix winner Felipe Massa led this morning’s first practice session for Sunday’s race in Sakhir with a lap of 1 minute, 34.487 seconds around the Bahrain International Circuit.
Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso, keen on continuing momentum after his dominant victory last weekend in China, was second-quickest in FP1 at 1 minute, 34.564 seconds. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was third on the time sheets, posting a time of 1 minute, 34.621 seconds.
Looking to get back on track this weekend, Sebastian Vettel wound up fourth-quickest for Red Bull in the opening session at 1 minute, 34.790 seconds. Paul Di Resta from Force India turned in a lap of 1 minute, 34.949 seconds, good enough for fifth place. Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Adrian Sutil, Kimi Raikkonen, and Romain Grosjean completed the Top 10.
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Heikki Kovalainen returned to F1, taking over for rookie Giedo van der Garde in the session for Caterham. However, the team’s other regular, Charles Pic (1:37.850), managed to keep ahead of the more experienced Finn by six-tenths of a second. Venezuela’s Rodolfo Gonzales also got some seat time in Jules Bianchi’s Marussia, and posted a top time of 1 minute, 40.215 seconds (last place).
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.
Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.
“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”
Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.
But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.
Monday was IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti’s 53rd birthday and son Marco was nowhere to be found – but with good reason.
The younger Andretti and Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay were both testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio.
Also taking part in the test was Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s James Hinchcliffe.
It was Hinchcliffe’s second successful test since recovering from his horrific crash during practice for this year’s Indianapolis 500 in May.
Hinchcliffe’s first test was last week at Road America in Wisconsin.
Monday’s test session was not open to the public or media, but a Honda source told Motorsportstalk that drivers and teams reportedly focused on testing aerodynamics for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.