Nico Rosberg posted the fastest time ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the second practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday.
Hamilton’s lock-up in the second sector of the Bahrain circuit which cost him four tenths of a second, otherwise he would likely have beaten Rosberg by three tenths given he was faster in sectors one and two.
Rosberg targets his first victory of the season, posted a best lap of 1 minute, 34.647 seconds, putting him .115 quicker than defending champion Hamilton, who has won two of the first three races this year.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third best ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel. Both were more than half a second behind Rosberg.
Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) and Pastor Maldonado (Lotus) took the next spots.
Sebastian Vettel is matter to an investigation following being involved in a clash with Force India’s Sergio Perez.
The four-time world champion on team radio he had a break failure and Perez clipped the front of his car going past on a corner, breaking the front wing and causing a red flag towards the end of the second session.
Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton were also to be investigated for “failing to leave pit lane correctly” after that red-flag period.
“Ferrari’s pace is looking very good on the soft tyre and high fuel,” Bruno Senna told SkySports.
Some trackside observations from SkySports’ Martin Brundle on cars at the opposite end of the grid:
“Lewis Hamilton has got a supreme way through Turn Seven. He manages to stay on the throttle a little longer, despite being on the medium compound tyres.
“But what a difference a year makes at Force India. Their drivers are coming through here nicely, but you can see them sliding a bit more towards the outside of the corner. They have to wait that little bit longer to get on the power. They were on the podium here last year.”… more to follow