Kimi Raikkonen was narrowly quicker in Friday's second practice session at the Bahrain Grand Prix

Kimi Räikkönen has moved Lotus to the top of the timesheets at the conclusion of Friday’s on-track activity at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Finn narrowly edged out the Red Bull Racing duo of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, who rounded out the top-three positions.

A short and sharp rain shower hit the Bahrain International Circuit shortly before the afternoon’s second practice session began, following Ferrari’s 1-2 on the timesheets in the morning opening practice session.

The entire field initially concentrated on more Hard-compound tyre running – in which Red Bull and the Ferraris were again fastest – before switching to the first Medium-compound running of the day. It was on these tyres that Räikkönen emerged quickest, posting two purple sectors on his fastest lap to edge out Webber by just three-hundredths of a second.

Following the Red Bull Racing duo came the two Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, who sandwiched Paul di Resta’s Force India on the timesheets. Räikkönen’s teammate Romain Grosjean was seventh-fastest in a new E21 chassis, but was still almost half a second slower than the Finn.

Nico Rosberg was the fastest of the Mercedes runners in eighth place; he and teammate Lewis Hamilton sandwich the second Force India of Adrian Sutil.

Neither McLaren made the top-ten on the timesheets, with Jenson Button winding up eleventh quickest and teammate Sergio Pérez two spots further back.

Following on from a solid points’ finish in China last weekend, the Toro Rossos of Jean-Éric Vergne (12th) and Daniel Ricciardo (14th) were quicker than their chief rivals from Sauber and Williams, whose drivers occupied positions fifteen to eighteen.

The usual suspects from Caterham and Marussia occupied the last four positions on the timesheets, although this time it was not Jules Bianchi who led the quartet. The Frenchman finished 21st-quickest, while his compatriot Charles Pic suffered a damaged front wing when his Caterham was hit by the struggling Esteban Gutiérrez at the Turn 8 hairpin.

2013 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:34.154   31
2. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:34.184 + 0.030 26
3. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:34.282 + 0.128 29
4. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:34.310 + 0.156 29
5. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:34.543 + 0.389 35
6. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:34.552 + 0.398 34
7. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:34.631 + 0.477 33
8. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:34.666 + 0.512 37
9. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:34.932 + 0.778 33
10. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:34.976 + 0.822 29
11. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:35.356 + 1.202 32
12. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:35.506 + 1.352 36
13. Sergio Pérez MEX McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:35.589 + 1.435 37
14. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:35.761 + 1.607 33
15. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Sauber Ferrari C32 1:36.133 + 1.979 36
16. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW35 1:36.279 + 2.125 33
17. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams Renault FW35 1:36.579 + 2.425 28
18. Esteban Gutiérrez MEX Sauber Ferrari C32 1:36.616 + 2.462 34
19. Charles Pic FRA Caterham Renault CT03 1:37.061 + 2.907 33
20. Max Chilton GBR Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:37.313 + 3.159 33
21. Jules Bianchi FRA Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:37.363 + 3.209 29
22. Giedo van der Garde NED Caterham Renault CT03 1:37.970 + 3.816 34

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