LEWIS LEFT BE­HIND IN DESERT

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For­mula One: Bahrain Grand Prix To­mor­row, 4.10pm start

LEWIS HAMIL­TON aims to chalk up an­other record at to­mor­row’s Bahrain Grand Prix when he bids for a 27th con­sec­u­tive points fin­ish.

It would match the mark set by Kimi Raikko­nen while he was with Lo­tus, but Hamil­ton will need to im­prove on his per­for­mances in yes­ter­day’s prac­tice at the Sakhir cir­cuit.

The world cham­pion, who saw vic­tory in the first race of the sea­son a fort­night ago snatched from him by Se­bas­tian Vet­tel, strug­gled as Fer­rari laid down the gaunt­let. Raikko­nen set a quick­est lap of 1min 29.817secs to fin­ish marginally faster than Vet­tel.

Hamil­ton had to set­tle for fourth – more than half-a-sec­ond adrift of Raikko­nen – with Mercedes team-mate Valt­teri Bot­tas in third.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ric­cia­rdo was fastest in the open­ing run­ning in the desert, but the Aus­tralian had to make do with sixth in the sec­ond ses­sion.

Max Ver­stap­pen, who missed the first 90-minute ses­sion with a power prob­lem, re­turned to set the fifth-best time, al­beit nearly one sec­ond slower than Raikko­nen. Mean­while, For­mula One own­ers Lib­erty Me­dia have set out their vi­sion for the sport’s fu­ture which in­cludes cheaper and sim­pler en­gines to en­cour­age new man­u­fac­tur­ers, a cost cap and a more bal­anced dis­tri­bu­tion of rev­enues.

It was wel­comed by As­ton Martin, which is con­sid­er­ing en­ter­ing the sport as en­gine sup­pli­ers.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Andy Palmer said: “These prospec­tive changes sup­port many of the re­quire­ments needed for As­ton Martin to en­ter as an en­gine sup­plier. This is a very pos­i­tive step.”

SET­TING THE PACE Raikko­nen is on pole

FAC­ING A SCRAP Lewis starts fourth

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