Bahrain Practice 2: Rosberg keeps the momentum going

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03. Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday 20 April 2012.

Nico Rosberg ended the first day in Bahrain faster than anyone else

Apr.20 (Reuters) Nico Rosberg kept the momentum going and followed up his first Formula One win with Mercedes by setting the fastest lap of the day in Friday free practice two for a Bahrain Grand Prix overshadowed by petrol bombs and protests elsewhere in the Gulf kingdom.

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8. Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday 20 April 2012.

Mark Webber was second quickest on day one

The German, who took the first victory by a Mercedes works team since 1955 at last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, lapped the desert Sakhir circuit in one minute 32.816 seconds in the afternoon session.

McLaren‘s Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the morning, when Formula One cars took to the reconfigured track for the first time in more than two years after last year’s race was cancelled following a bloody crackdown on an anti-government uprising.

Human rights activists and pro-democracy protesters have called on the glamour sport to cancel the event again this year.

“That was a good start to the weekend,” said Rosberg, a winner after 110 unsuccessful attempts, while casting doubt on how meaningful the times were. “The most important thing still is to improve our race pace.

“The conditions are really tough out there so the race will be quite demanding from the tyre perspective,” added the German, who was fourth before lunch.

Jenson Button

Jenson Button sixth fastest

Australian Mark Webber was second fastest for Red Bull in the same session, ahead of team mate and double world champion Sebastian Vettel.

The two drivers used different exhaust configurations in China, with Vettel reverting to one used in pre-season testing after finding an update not to his liking.

“Regarding set-up, I think we got the answers in China that we were looking for and that’s helped us here,” said the 24-year-old German, who was second on the morning timesheets.

“I think others are the favourites this weekend but we are focusing on ourselves and pushing hard.”

With tight security beyond the metal fences of the paddock, and few spectators in the stands, drivers got down to business on a circuit whose layout has been shortened since 2010 when fans witnessed a boring race with little overtaking.

Hamilton, the 2008 champion who is leading the standings after three successive third places, said looking after the tyres was going to be the big challenge in the blazing conditions.

“The temperatures keep on rising until it feels just like driving on an ice-rink,” he said, after finishing fourth in the afternoon.

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012. Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday 20 April 2012.

Fernando Alonso ended the day in the top ten

Neither Hamilton, who started the first two races on pole position, nor Vettel have won a race yet this season with three different winners in the opening rounds.

The Ferraris of Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Brazilian Felipe Massa were 13th and 15th respectively in session one and eighth and 12th in the second.

Force India’s British driver Paul Di Resta was third quickest in the morning but neither he nor his German team mate Nico Hulkenberg took part in the afternoon due to safety concerns.

The British based team, who allowed two members to go home on Thursday after staff were caught in a petrol bomb incident as they were driving back to their hotel, clearly wanted to ensure staff were away from the track before nightfall.

“It’s not necessarily a ‘get home before dark’ (situation),” said deputy principal Bob Fernley. “We’ve had issues, as you all know, with things and we have to make sure that the crew are comfortable in the environment and that’s what we’re working on.

“But the crew are totally committed to delivering qualifying and the race.”

Free Practice 2 – Sakhir, 20 April 2012

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.816 35
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:33.262 0.446 26
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:33.525 0.709 28
4 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.747 0.931 26
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:33.862 1.046 32
6 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.246 1.430 28
7 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.411 1.595 34
8 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:34.449 1.633 31
9 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:34.615 1.799 32
10 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.893 2.077 34
11 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:34.895 2.079 29
12 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:34.941 2.125 30
13 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:35.183 2.367 33
14 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:35.229 2.413 26
15 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:35.459 2.643 38
16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:35.913 3.097 33
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:35.968 3.152 35
18 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:36.169 3.353 30
19 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:36.587 3.771 33
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:37.803 4.987 33
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:37.812 4.996 28
22 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:39.649 6.833 27
23 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes No time 0
24 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes No time 0

Apr.20 (Reuters) Nico Rosberg followed up his first Formula One win with Mercedes with the fastest lap in Friday practice for a Bahrain Grand Prix overshadowed by petrol bombs and protests elsewhere in the Gulf kingdom.

The German, who took the first victory by a Mercedes works team since 1955 at last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, lapped the desert Sakhir circuit in one minute 32.816 seconds in the afternoon session.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the morning, when Formula One cars took to the reconfigured track for the first time in more than two years after last year’s race was cancelled following a bloody crackdown on an anti-government uprising.

Human rights activists and pro-democracy protesters have called on the glamour sport to cancel the event again this year.

“That was a good start to the weekend,” said Rosberg, a winner after 110 unsuccessful attempts, while casting doubt on how meaningful the times were. “The most important thing still is to improve our race pace.

“The conditions are really tough out there so the race will be quite demanding from the tyre perspective,” added the German, who was fourth before lunch.

Australian Mark Webber was second fastest for Red Bull in the same session, ahead of team mate and double world champion Sebastian Vettel.

The two drivers used different exhaust configurations in China, with Vettel reverting to one used in pre-season testing after finding an update not to his liking.

“Regarding set-up, I think we got the answers in China that we were looking for and that’s helped us here,” said the 24-year-old German, who was second on the morning timesheets.

“I think others are the favourites this weekend but we are focusing on ourselves and pushing hard.”

With tight security beyond the metal fences of the paddock, and few spectators in the stands, drivers got down to business on a circuit whose layout has been shortened since 2010 when fans witnessed a boring race with little overtaking.

Hamilton, the 2008 champion who is leading the standings after three successive third places, said looking after the tyres was going to be the big challenge in the blazing conditions.

“The temperatures keep on rising until it feels just like driving on an ice-rink,” he said, after finishing fourth in the afternoon.

Neither Hamilton, who started the first two races on pole position, nor Vettel have won a race yet this season with three different winners in the opening rounds.

The Ferraris of Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Brazilian Felipe Massa were 13th and 15th respectively in session one and eighth and 12th in the second.

Force India’s British driver Paul Di Resta was third quickest in the morning but neither he nor his German team mate Nico Hulkenberg took part in the afternoon due to safety concerns.

The British based team, who allowed two members to go home on Thursday after staff were caught in a petrol bomb incident as they were driving back to their hotel, clearly wanted to ensure staff were away from the track before nightfall.

“It’s not necessarily a ‘get home before dark’ (situation),” said deputy principal Bob Fernley. “We’ve had issues, as you all know, with things and we have to make sure that the crew are comfortable in the environment and that’s what we’re working on.

“But the crew are totally committed to delivering qualifying and the race.”

  • Evel

    Mercedes Power FTW!!!!!!!!