Force India set early pace in Bahrain F1 GP practice
Force India Adrian Sutil was the surprise pace setter in the first practice session of this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.
With a host of new teams and some big names taking to the track this season in Formula One, all eyes were on the session to see which outfit would come out on top.
However, with McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes receiving most of the attention ahead of the season opener, few were expecting Sutil to lead the way.
But the German set a time of 1 minute, 56.583 seconds around the Bahrain International circuit and was around two-tenths of a second faster than Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in second.
Meanwhile, reigning world champion Jenson Button got the upper hand over his fellow Brit and McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton, coming in fifth - one place ahead of Hamilton.
The seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, returning to the sport after a three-year absence, was only able to record the tenth-best time, finishing a full second behind Sutil.
Qualifying for the Bahrain GP starts tomorrow (March 13th) with the race taking place the following day.
Posted by Samuel Ball