F1 Bahrain Grand Prix flags off in style

F1 Bahrain Grand Prix flags off in style
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Published April 15th, 2017 - 05:58 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel steers back to the pit lane during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in the desert south of the Bahrain's capital, Manama on April 14, 2017.
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Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel steers back to the pit lane during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in the desert south of the Bahrain's capital, Manama on April 14, 2017. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) announced yesterday that ticket sales for the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix have increased as compared to last year.

Tickets have already sold out for the University Grandstand. They are also 98 per cent sold out for the Main Grandstand. With the highly anticipated night race happening on Sunday.

Tickets will continue to be sold over the next couple of days. They can be purchased at the special tent located next to Sakhir petrol station.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel gave Ferrari a bright start to the weekend’s events by setting the day’s overall best lap time after topping the timesheet in both the day’s Formula 1 practices.

The two-time winner with former team Red Bull registered a fastest lap of one minute 31.310 seconds. His best came during a highly competitive evening run, held under BIC’s state-of-the-art floodlights, which ended with up to three drivers of having a chance to capture the top spot.

Vettel was a mere 0.041s quicker than Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes, and just 0.066s ahead of Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull in third place.

Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen was ranked fourth 1.168s off Vettel’s pace, while Lewis Hamiltoin of Mercedes, Nico Hulkenberg of Renault, Felipe Massa of Williams and Max Verstappen of Red Bull completed the top eight.

Each of the leading eight drivers had better laps in the second practice than Vettel’s leading lap in the first.
Vettel’s best lap in the opening session was 1:32.697. He was 0.400s faster than Ricciardo and 0.869s in front of the other Bull of Verstappen.

Sergio Perez of Force India was classified fourth, the Williams pairing of Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll were fifth and sixth, respectively, Esteban Ocon of Force India was seventh and Fernando Alonso of McLaren rounded out the top eight.

Formula 1 action resumes on Saturday afternoon with a third practice session starting at 3pm. Qualifying will then be held from 6pm to 7pm under floodlights.

Frijns claims pole position for first race of Porsche GT3

Charlie Frijns captured pole position for the first race of the final weekend in the 2016/2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East.

Frijns set a fastest lap of two minutes 05.714 seconds during today’s Qualifying. Dylan Pereira was marginally slower with a best time of 2:05.869 while Al Faisal Al Zubair qualified third with a best time of 2:05.918.

Frijns and Pereira were both in the Gold category.

Pereira was the pole-sitter in the Silver class after going fastest in their category ahead of Bandar Alesayi and His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.

Meanwhile, Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa qualified first in the Bronze class, where Team Bahrain teammate Shaikh Hamad bin Isa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa. Race one is scheduled for 11.55am on Saturday.

Earlier today, Al Faisal Al Zubair emerged as the pace-setter at the end of the first practice of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East.

Al Zubair had a best lap of two minutes 07.599 seconds. He was 0.593s ahead of Ryan Cullen and 1.012s in front of Charlie Frijns.

Vernay and Comini take turns setting the pace in TCR practices

Jean-Karl Vernay topped the timesheet in the first practice of the TCR International Series yesterday morning.

Driving a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, Vernay had a best lap of two minutes 13.565 seconds to claim first place on the session’s final classification.

James Nash was behind him in a SEAT Leon TCR 0.254s slower, while Dusan Borkovic in an Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR was ranked third 0.572s behind.

Later, Stefano Comini topped the second practice timesheet.

Driving an Audi RS 3 LMS TCR, Comini clocked a best lap of two minutes 13.731 seconds. He was a narrow 0.222seconds quicker than Pepe Oriola driving a SEAT Leon TCR, while James Nash, also in a SEAT Leon, was third 0.228s back.

TCR returns to the track with Qualifying on Saturday at 11am.

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