Ferrari may actually be back on form after dominating Friday practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Leclerc topped the first session in Vettel, nearly a minute through to Bottas.
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Unusually, Ferrari did a second qualifying simulation series in second practice, Vettel and Leclerc both improving marginally over their first lap.
Vettel extended his advantage over Hamilton from 0.1secs, also Leclerc, who’d been 0.141s slower than Vettel on his first run, lower the difference to his teammate to just 0.035s.
Ferrari’s operation on the initial evening of this weekend at the Sakhir circuit was more akin to that which was due to them in Australia after impressing in preseason testing.
Mercedes believed they could possibly be as much as 0.5therefore a lap slower compared to Ferrari after analyzing however they ruled the opening weekend of this growing summer season while Ferrari fought.
But the reddish cars have been quick from the off in Bahrain and in this early stage look the team to overcome, although it is notoriously tricky to predict accurate form from Friday practice.
However, Vettel did have a spin losing control of this Ferrari under power in Flip twice as he started his race simulation series later in the session.
Meanwhile, Red Bull were unexpectedly slow, at least on one-lap pace.
Max Verstappen was just sixth quickest, 0.783s off Vettel and teammate Pierre Gasly 0.862s further in 13th.
The Dutchman was slower compared to the impressive Renault of Nico Hulkenberg in fifth, together with HAAS motorist Kevin Magnussen along with McLaren’s Lando Norris, ” the British newcomer, at seventh and eighth, ahead of HAAS motorist Romain Grosjean and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.