Hamilton not slowing
Lewis Hamilton showed no signs of letting his seventh world title getting to his head after topping the timesheets in the first session back on the Friday morning of the Bahrain GP.
Behind was teammate Valtteri Bottas who completed more laps than anyone in FP1. With this being the case he also racked up many flat spots on the tricky braking point at turn 10.
With the Mercedes pair being the only ones in the 1:29's, Sergio Perez was next with a 1:30 dead to just beat Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly who all finished within 0.049 seconds of each other.
Cautious Red Bull
After a weekend blamed on an unbelievable miscalculation of aero percentage on the front wing, Red Bull decided not to go all out and take their time in FP1 with Max Verstappen and Alex Albon finishing P6 and P7.
Behind seem to be where Ferrari and Renault are early on in the weekend. Other than Lance Stroll in P9 who we know has the potential of teammate Perez, Renault pipped Ferrari in the places from P8 to P12.
Robert Kubica also put in a great performance filling in for Kimi Raikkonen in FP1 placing the car P13. Putting in a time that left him 0.104 tenths behind the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.
Williams behind without Russell
Haas had a good showing despite a spin from Romain Grosjean, having him place ahead of teammate Kevin Magnussen in P14 and P15.
Antonio Giovinazzi did not have the best session getting beaten by test and development driver Kubica. Also after recent form, Giovinazzi would have expected to be ahead of both the Haas cars.
In P17 and P18 we had the anomalies of Daniil Kvyat and Lando Norris with the former getting his lap time deleted for track limits. Behind was Nicholas Latifi, over a second off the back of Norris, with reserve driver Roy Nissany back by a further three tenths, showing the talent of why Williams needs George Russell.