Formula 1 World Champion leader Hamilton in the first Bahrain practice ahead of Vettel
Five days after the first Grand Prix win of his career pointed the 26-year-old German, the Red Bull drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in 1:32,861 minutes relatively clear on the second and third places. Behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton and Rosberg in McLaren Mercedes was followed by team-mate Michael Schumacher.
The Force India declined due to security concerns of "logistical reasons" for participation in the second session in the afternoon. Staff had become Rennstalles on Wednesday witnessed clashes between demonstrators and police. The definitive starting grid for the qualifying is on Saturday at 13.00 BST clock on the schedule.