Nico Rosberg is ahead in front his team-mate and both Ferraris.The FIA reprimands the Red Devils. Jenson Button keeps stuggling but Honda isn’t responsible of this whole disaster. Let’s review this FP2 in Sakhir…
Weather report: night, T. air: 26-30°C ; T. track: 32-36°C ; humidity rate: 36-58% and wind speed: 1,5 m.s (north)
Nico Rosberg signed the best time in 1’34”647 at 5:37pm (soft tyres – qualifying simulation). Let’s note that the Mercedes driver was less fast than Sebastian Vettel on the long runs onto the soft tyres. At 6:28pm, his team told him in the radio: “Box, box, box, we see something we don’t like in the telemetry”. Lewis Hamilton, second (+0’’115s), made a mistake at the turn 8 during his flying lap at 5:36pm. Kimi Räikkönen, third (+0’’527s), had a very good pace in race configuration and he worked hard on the qualifying preparation. He can make progress again but it’s pretty positive right now. Ferrari is really able to worry Mercedes on race. Both of Lew Beauty and Iceman had to visit the FIA after the FP2 for failing to leave the pitlane correctly. The double world champion in title didn’t do anything wrong so he was acquitted while Iceman received a reprimand for having passed some cars at the pit exit. Sebastian Vettel has been fourth but his Friday has gone wrong. After some sensor issues in FP1, the German collided Sergio Perez at the turn 1 at 6:18pm because of a braking failure (front wing damages for the Red Knight). It’s the version claimed by the Little Prince from Heppenheim who was into his out-lap. The FIA thinks it’s a lie and the collision would have been caused by a badly fixed wheel. Regarding the incident, no penalty will be given but Sebastian could get a grid penalty for this unsafe release. It would be very unfair because he’s not responsible of his team’s mistakes. To be continued… Valtteri Bottas, fifth, has kept the advantage on Red Bull. Williams worked on a big evaluation program including the tyres. They’re satisfied of their progress. Daniel Ricciardo has been classified sixth. This round could be like Shanghai for both of Red Bull and Toro Rosso because Renault hasn’t found any solution yet. Pastor Maldonado has reached the seventh position (+0’’827s). The three last places in the top 10 have been occupied by the same drivers as this afternoon: Felipe Nasr (+1’’146s slower than Rosberg), Daniil Kvyat and Felipe Massa. Marcus Ericsson has been eleventh. Fernando Alonso, twelfth, has worked on some aero tests (flow-vis paint on his rear wing). The King Juan Carlos has been in Manama where he’s cheering for his Spanish fellow-countrymen (Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz Jr, Roberto Merhi and Carmen Jorda). Romain Grosjean has appeared at the thirteenth row. Carlos Sainz Sr has been in the STR Hospitality this weekend. His son has been fourteenth. Max Verstappen, sixteenth, has been inserted between both Sahara Force India (advantage for Nico Hülkenberg). Will Stevens has been eighteenth. Jenson Button, nineteenth, had to stop his car at the exit of the pitlane at 5:17pm (mechanical issues). Roberto Merhi has been the good last one.
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