Bahrain Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton struggles in first practice

Gasly was 0.364 seconds quicker than Charles Leclerc in second place, but using the soft tyres while the Ferrari was on the slower medium. The Mercedes drivers insisted again before the session started that their car is not yet absolutely competitive as the team battle to get on top of aerodynamic problems causing it to bounce on the straights. Russell and Hamilton were also on the soft tyre when he set his time, while Verstappen was on the medium. A clearer picture of where the teams lie in comparison to each other will come in the second session, which starts at 18:00 local time (15:00 GMT), when teams will run qualifying and race simulation tests.

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