Friday practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix belonged to the Mercedes AMG Petronas, with Lewis Hamilton backing up his FP1 effort with the fastest time in the Friday night practice session. with a 1:34.325 on the soft tyre, three-tenths of a second ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg.
As was the case last time out in Malaysia, the Silver Arrows were over a second faster that the rest of the field, with Fernando Alonso leading the charge in third.
The Mercedes pair were not only superior to the rest of the field on a flying lap, but also in higher fuel runs, which points to a one-two finish come Sunday providing they’re reliable.
Red Bull Racing found their feet and put in some more competitive lap times. Daniel Ricciardo ended the session fourth-fastest behind Alonso, while his team-mate Sebastian Vettel was three places back in seventh.
However, the fuel sensor issue popped up at Red Bull Racing again on Ricciardo’s car, causing headaches for them and other Renault teams – the issue seems to be unique to teams the French company’s power units.
The Ferraris, Force Indias and McLarens all hovered around the 1m35s bracket.
The session saw few incidents, with Max Chilton suffered a brake failure at Turn 4, triggering a high speed spin that left the Briton dumbfounded as to what had happened.
Turn 10 challenged all drivers, with many cars constantly sending smoke up into the night air from repeated lock ups.
Adrian Sutil and Marcus Ericsson both found themselves walking back to their garages after they suffered power unit failures.
2014 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:34.325||28|
|2.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:34.690||+ 0.365||31|
|3.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:35.360||+ 1.035||28|
|4.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:35.433||+ 1.108||28|
|5.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:35.442||+ 1.117||13|
|6.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:35.528||+ 1.203||21|
|7.||Sebastian Vettel||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:35.606||+ 1.281||30|
|8.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:35.640||+ 1.315||31|
|9.||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:35.662||+ 1.337||22|
|10.||Sergio Pérez||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:35.802||+ 1.477||40|
|11.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:35.920||+ 1.595||9|
|12.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:35.972||+ 1.647||33|
|13.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:35.998||+ 1.673||18|
|14.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:36.366||+ 2.041||33|
|15.||Adrian Sutil||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:36.962||+ 2.637||13|
|16.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:36.975||+ 2.650||35|
|17.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:37.259||+ 2.934||25|
|18.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:37.599||+ 3.274||23|
|19.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:37.800||+ 3.475||15|
|20.||Max Chilton||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:38.247||+ 3.922||10|
|21.||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:38.257||+ 3.932||33|
|22.||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:39.136||+ 4.811||30|
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