April 4th, 2014 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg topped the times in the second practice session for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari, as he had been in the first practice session.
The second free practice session took place under lights, in similar conditions to those expected for the race on Sunday. This weekend marks the first time Formula One cars will race under lights in Bahrain. The night race in Singapore has proven very popular, as has the evening race in Abu Dhabi, which makes it likely that there will be more floodlit races in future.
After sitting out the FP1 session, Kamui Kobayashi, Marcus Ericsson and Valtteri Bottas were all back in their cars for FP2. They had handed their cars over to their teams' respective reserve drivers in the earlier session.
As an indication of just how close the session was behind the Mercedes drivers, third-placed Fernando Alonso was just a second faster than Kimi Raikkonen who was down in 14th place. It seems that as the season progresses, the field is getting closer together, which should provide some exciting racing.
A few drivers had incidents in the session, but not much harm was done to the cars and drivers. Pastor Maldonado ramped over a curve, taking to the air briefly before coming back down onto the track. Max Chilton's car spun and stopped out on track after the rear axle locked up unexpectedly. Adrian Sutil's Sauber stopped out on track after he appeared to lose power. The final car to stop on track was the Caterham of Marcus Ericsson which came to a halt with just a few minutes remaining in the session.
Full results from FP2:
|4||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||1:35.433||1.108||28|
|7||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing||1:35.606||1.281||30|
|8||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:35.640||1.315||31|
|10||11||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:35.802||1.477||40|
|12||25||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||1:35.972||1.647||33|
|13||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:35.998||1.673||18|