Mercedes Retain Control During FP2


Mercedes stayed untouchable at the top of the timesheets as the Bahrain International Circuit got to try out their new floodlights during the afternoon practice session. Lewis Hamilton took an early lead of the session and lost it briefly, only due to the fact that he wasn’t the first driver to fit the much faster option tyres. Once he did, he retook control of the session and remained unchallenged at the top.

Rosberg’s 1.34.690 was three tenths slower than Hamilton’s lap, which itself was a full second faster than the quickest time set by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso – the third fastest man this afternoon. Daniel Ricciardo moved up to fourth, but Ferrari reckon they can out-race the Red Bulls due to the Ferrari’s better fuel management. Felipe Massa was fifth for Williams and could be heading to the stewards office to give his side of the story after a close call between himself and Esteban Gutierrez on the back-straight when Gutierrez moved in front of the Brazilian. Nevertheless, neither driver should expect any punishment for what was simply a slight misunderstanding.

Another driver who is heading to the stewards office, and could leave with a reprimand, is Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg who swerved in front of Force India’s Sergio Perez between turns 3 and 4 when the Mexican went to overtake the German. There was no contact, but it was still a close call. Jenson Button also came close to tapping into the back of Marcus Ericsson’s Caterham when he was caught out by the difference in speed over the two cars.

Sebastian Vettel was seventh for Red Bull and Daniil Kvyat, who continuously called for “more power” was eighth, ahead of McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen in ninth and Sergio Perez in tenth. Valtteri Bottas was eleventh for Williams and Jean-Eric Vergne was twelfth in the other Toro Rosso.

Adrian Sutil, whose session ended when his Sauber ground to a halt on the back straight, finished the afternoon in fifteenth, ahead of Esteban Gutierrez who took sixteenth in the sister car. Pastor Maldonado took a trip skywards when his Lotus straddled the kerb at turn 4 – where Kimi Raikkonen also got airborne in the morning session. Max Chilton had a strange incident at the same spot, spinning out of control in the braking zone for turn 4, before coming to a halt just off the track, bringing a premature end to his session. Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson also pulled over prematurely, albeit only a few minutes before the session ended, with a smoking front set of brakes.

Free Practice 2 Results

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Fernando Alonso
  4. Daniel Ricciardo
  5. Felipe Massa
  6. Jenson Button
  7. Sebastian Vettel
  8. Daniil Kvyat
  9. Kevin Magnussen
  10. Sergio Perez
  11. Valtteri Bottas
  12. Jean-Eric Vergne
  13. Nico Hulkenberg
  14. Kimi Raikkonen
  15. Adrian Sutil
  16. Esteban Gutierrez
  17. Pastor Maldonado
  18. Romain Grosjean
  19. Jules Bianchi
  20. Max Chilton
  21. Kamui Kobayashi
  22. Marcus Ericsson

Image courtesy Mercedes AMG F1 Team.

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