McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest lap time in the first free practice session for the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel came 2nd, 0.305s behind the Briton, ahead of Paul Di Resta and Nico Rosberg who took 3rd and 4th respectively.

Jenson Button was 5th in the second McLaren, 7 tenths slower than his teammate, while Nico Hulkenberg settled in 6th after a strong session for Force India.

Michael Schumacher put his Chinese Grand Prix misery behind him to take 7th, with Red Bull driver behind, just 0.069 seperating the two.

Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean wrapped up the top 10, in 9th and 10th respectively, while Ferrari drivers struggled for pace and ended up in 13th and 15th.


Pos Driver                Team                   Time      
 1. Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1m33.572            
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m33.877s  + 0.305  
 3. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m34.150s  + 0.578  
 4. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m34.249s  + 0.677  
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m34.277s  + 0.705  
 6. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m34.344s  + 0.772  
 7. Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1m34.483s  + 0.911  
 8. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m34.552s  + 0.980  
 9. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m34.609s  + 1.037  
10. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m34.847s  + 1.275  
11. Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1m35.024s  + 1.452  
12. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m35.268s  + 1.696  
13. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m35.436s  + 1.864  
14. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m35.497s  + 1.925  
15. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m35.719s  + 2.147
16. Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1m35.929s  + 2.357  
17. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m36.195s  + 2.623  
18. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault       1m36.330s  + 2.758  
19. Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault       1m36.484s  + 2.912  
20. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m36.591s  + 3.019  
21. Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth      1m37.467s  + 3.895 
22. Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth      1m38.006s  + 4.434  
23. Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth           1m38.877s  + 5.305  
24. Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1m39.996s  + 6.424