Rosberg stays on top in FP2 as Mercedes 1-2 parade continues

Nico Rosberg maintains the edge on teammate Lewis Hamilton
Nico Rosberg maintains the edge on teammate Lewis Hamilton. As AR1 predicted before the season started, Mercedes has decided it's Rosberg's turn to win the title.

Nico Rosberg once again led a Mercedes AMG Petronas 1-2 in Free Practice 2 today in Bahrain. Jenson Button surprised placing a full second behind World Champion Lewis Hamilton. Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-five.

At the back end of the field, it was a good session for the Manor team as Pascal Wehrlein placed 19th ahead of both Saubers.

Nico Rosberg

I couldn’t wait to get back in the car after a great weekend in Melbourne and I felt really good out there. It’s been an encouraging first day for the team. We were very quick on one lap and also on the longer runs, so I’m really looking forward to qualifying and the race. I like this track very much. The atmosphere is great and it looks really spectacular driving under the lights in the evening. It should be an exciting weekend!

Lewis Hamilton

That was a good Friday overall. The car is performing really well here. There were no surprises or issues to report throughout both practice sessions, which is always a good sign. Understanding the tyres has been key to our work today as they’ll be a big factor this weekend. There’s some work to do tonight in terms of finding a few improvements from the car and also my driving style. I’m looking forward to getting back out there and making some more progress tomorrow.

Valtteri Bottas
We managed to complete our running as planned with no issues at all so it’s been a good day. The car felt better in the evening practice session with the lower temperatures and less wind, which is good as we need the car to be at its best at the same time of day for qualifying and the race. We can still improve, but what was encouraging was the consistency we showed in long runs on the medium tyre.

Felipe Massa
It was a normal Friday for us really. We were focusing on trying to understand the balance of the car, how it performs on different tyres, and we completed some good long runs at the end. We have collected a lot of information today and now we’ll be trying to understand it to make improvements for tomorrow.

Full times below…

Brian C. reporting for AR1

Pos Driver Car/Engine Time Behind Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes 1m31.001s 0.000s 38
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m31.242s 0.241s 32
3 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m32.281s 1.280s 32
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m32.406s 1.405s 31
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1m32.452s 1.451s 38
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m32.650s 1.649s 26
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m32.703s 1.702s 34
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m32.792s 1.791s 39
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m32.870s 1.869s 23
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m32.873s 1.872s 36
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m32.999s 1.998s 30
12 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m33.129s 2.128s 31
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m33.177s 2.176s 36
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m33.384s 2.383s 23
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m33.406s 2.405s 35
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault/Renault 1m33.447s 2.446s 34
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m33.570s 2.569s 37
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault/Renault 1m33.640s 2.639s 35
19 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m33.953s 2.952s 21
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.224s 3.223s 31
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.477s 3.476s 34
22 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m34.562s 3.561s 33

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