Both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button found themselves moving up the timesheets after the second practice session at the Bahrain GP, with Hamilton ending the session second-quickest and 0.4s slower than the session’s quickest time by Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg. McLaren Bahrain GP Practice

Having endured a difficult start to his 2009 campaign, Lewis has certainly started on the right foot and is determined for there not to be a repeat.

One would guess until the MP4-25 is declared illegal!!!

"Out on-track, it’s been very hot so tyre degradation of both compounds has been pretty high, but I think the degradation is something we can handle,” Hamilton said.

“The new section of track seems to be very bumpy and tricky but everyone’s in the same boat. Equally, our car feels very heavy with a high fuel load – it doesn’t want to stop under braking – but through the high-speed corners it feels quite well balanced.

Despite finishing the second practice session fourth overall, Lewis’ team-mate Jenson Button still had some misgivings about the car’s handling and ability to preserve its rear tyres, which will be a crucial factor throughout the season due to the refuelling ban.

“Today’s shown us that looking after the rear tyres is very difficult here, especially on the softer compound,” said Button. “So you find yourself driving with a lot of oversteer through most of the stint.

“I think we did an okay job today. We can be reasonably happy with the performance of the car although we know there are areas we still need to work on. The basic car is working well but we’re not quite there with the balance yet."

I think we can expect to see the McLarens right up there at the pointy end of the field come qualifying!

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.