Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Bahrain GP: Sebastian Vettel reveals Ferrari's gap to Mercedes

Bahrain GP: Sebastian Vettel reveals Ferrari's gap to Mercedes

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo opened the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend on top as he clocked the quickest time during the first practice session on Friday afternoon. "I think the vehicle has potential, but we need to make progress and catch up quickly to be there to fight for wins just the way we did at many races past year". We made sure that we understand what went wrong and put a process in place to make sure that we don't see a similar issue in the future.

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Haas was again the best of the rest with Frenchman Romain Grosjean sixth fastest.

Behind the top three teams, Fernando Alonso and a resurgent McLaren have stated their intent on challenging Red Bull and overcoming surprise package Haas, whose Ferrari-engined vehicle shone in Melbourne before both drivers retired.

Vettel was also kept out of the top three by Finnish duo Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen, while Ricciardo's Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen failed to set a time after a suspected electrical failure at the start of the session.

Pierre Gasly went seventh quickest in his Honda-powered Toro Rosso, ahead of Renault's Carlos Sainz and the second Haas of Kevin Magnussen. The Dutchman nobly pushed his auto back to the nearby pit entry, but did not emerge again. F1 Managing Director Ross Brawn presented plans for the sport's future to the teams on Friday.

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The meeting had been anxiously awaited, with Ferrari - the sport's oldest and most successful team - repeatedly warning since a year ago that it could ultimately walk away from the sport if it did not like what was on offer.

"We made mistakes and did not perform to our maximum - and it reminded us that this is the toughest racing series in the world, where every error is punished", said Wolff.

It gave no details about any cap, however.

Formula One said overtaking opportunities needed to be increased and driver skill needed to be the "predominant factor" in the car's performance.

Governance of the sport also needed to be simple and streamlined.

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