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Silver Arrows maintain advantage in Bahrain FP2

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were first and second in FP2 after dominating the first practice session earlier in the day
Friday, April 4, 2014

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.

Mercedes are easily out in front of the field, but behind them the competition is quite close. Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Force India are all looking competitive and are likely to fight over the majority of the points positions on Sunday. Although the Force Indias were only 10th and 13th fastest in FP2, they showed impressive long-run pace that shows they could even be in contention for the podium in Sunday's race.

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:

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.325 28
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.690 0.365 31
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:35.360 1.035 28
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:35.433 1.108 28
5 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:35.442 1.117 13
6 22 Jenson Button McLaren 1:35.528 1.203 21
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
9 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:35.662 1.337 22
10 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:35.802 1.477 40
11 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:35.920 1.595 9
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
14 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:36.366 2.041 33
15 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber 1:36.962 2.637 13
16 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:36.975 2.65 35
17 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:37.259 2.934 25
18 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:37.599 3.274 23
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:37.800 3.475 15
20 4 Max Chilton Marussia 1:38.247 3.922 10
21 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:38.257 3.932 33
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1:39.136 4.811 30

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