Ferrari establish a scintillating pace in first clinic at the Bahrain Grand Prix, not exactly a second quicker than the fastest Mercedes.
World champion Lewis Hamilton was 1.247secs down on Leclerc.
It had been encouraging for Ferrari, that have been away from the pace at the opening race of this season in Australia.
The German team had left handed testing with a lot of the grid they experienced the fastest car but they ended the race in Melbourne a minute behind winner Bottas.
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Ferrari have spent this period since then analysing the data from Melbourne and Vettel said:”There certainly were a lot of thoughts and big analysis. The previous few weeks have been very intense, we have any responses because we never get the possibility to return and replicate.
“We learnt some things about ourselves and also the car that’ll help us to become competitive but we are not able to be capable of making promises. We need to wait patiently and see.”
Initial indications from Bahrain are that Ferrari return on shape but also the first session at the Sakhir course is not ever a good guide for weekend performance since it takes place from the warmth of the day, whereas qualifying and race have been held at twilight and into the night.
Hamilton was on course to beat Bottas’ time but he ran wide at the final corner on his very best lap.
RedBull’s Max Verstappen was fifth quickest, 1.319secs off the pace and also 0.142secs in front of team-mate Pierre Gasly.
Williams’ George Russell had a spin at Turn Two without damaging his vehicle.
Williams, who had languished greater than a second off the rear of the grid, looked more competitive in Bahrain.
Russellin 19th, was just over 0.6secs behind Stroll from 18th, and also the Briton’s team-mate Robert Kubica was just 0.065secs behind him.
And there was a clash between Hulkenberg along with Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in a Mixup at turnaround, Once the German turned in to the Italian as he tried to pass.
Both have been predicted to race stewards over the incident.