Lewis Hamilton continued where he left off in Malaysia by dominating the first day of practice in Bahrain.
Hamilton headed team mate Nico Rosberg in both sessions, by margins of 0.231s and 0.365s respectively.
“Generally the car has been feeling good this weekend,” said Hamilton. “We’ve just been trying to get a feeling for the tyres, the soft tyre is quite a lot better than the tyres we’ve been using, so quite a big difference. There’s lots to learn.
“The car feels better than when we went testing here, balance-wise, it was feeling really good. There’s still some tweaks we need to make to make it feel perfect. We have a better understanding of the car, we know what kind of ways to set the car up a little bit better than we did in the testing. When you’re testing you’re testing so many different things, you can’t really set the car up. Here we’re working on the car set-up for the race weekend, and it feels good.”
Hamilton said keeping the soft tyres alive will be key: “That’s the trick! We did a session just now, we struggled a little bit on the tyres, as everyone does.”
Meanwhile he said he enjoyed driving the track at night.
“It was great, [but] you don’t really notice a lot of difference. It was quite nice being cooler for the tyres and for the long runs. I think they’ve done a great job with the circuit, I think the circuit looks even better at night.”