Narain Karthikeyan on Sunday set the seventh fastest time after clocking the best lap of 1:30.722 in the pre-F1 season testing session.
The Hispania team did two runs in the morning session —with intermediate tyres and soft tyres — due to changing weather conditions.
Karthikeyan, who returned as F1 driver after nearly six years when he signed with Hispania, said it was a tough session due to adverse weather conditions.
“The weather conditions today were unfortunate as the track was pretty damp in the morning. We also had some trouble with the gearbox so we lost a bit of time before getting out on track. Towards the end of the morning, the track was pretty greasy so there wasn't much grip,” Karthikeyan said.
“But the car has improved a lot, there is much more front grip. Tonio's feedback has definitely helped the front end of the car and we were able to clock a pretty decent time in the end,” the Indian added.
Bahrain Prince to decide on F1 GP
Bahrain's Crown Prince will decide whether the country's season-opening F1 GP can take place next month, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday. Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, is leading a national dialogue after days of unrest in the Gulf kingdom left six dead. "He will decide whether it's safe for us to be there," Ecclestone said.