Nico Rosberg continued his and Mercedes’ strong showing today in Bahrain after topping the times during the second free practice session. Rosberg was 7 tenths faster than Hamilton’s lap in Free Practice 1.

Mark Webber took 2nd, 3 tenths ahead of Red Bull teammate and reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton, who couldn’t improve on his FP1 lap, settled for 4th place, while Michael Schumacher was 5th, a second slower than Rosberg in the second Mercedes.

Jenson Button was 6th best; the Briton complained about his car’s setup during the session, and seemed to be lacking pace.

Kamui Kobayashi emerged from the midfield to take 7th, with Fernando Alonso, who struggled with his car earlier today, behind him in 8th.

Romain Grosjean pushed his Lotus to 9th, while Sergio Perez’s 10th place put both Saubers in the top 10.


Pos Driver                Team                  Time            
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m32.816s            
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m33.262s  + 0.446   
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m33.525s  + 0.709   
 4. Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m33.747s  + 0.931   
 5. Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m33.862s  + 1.046   
 6. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m34.246s  + 1.430   
 7. Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m34.411s  + 1.595   
 8. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m34.449s  + 1.633   
 9. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m34.615s  + 1.799  
10. Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m34.893s  + 2.077   
11. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m34.895s  + 2.079   
12. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m34.941s  + 2.125   
13. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m35.183s  + 2.367   
14. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m35.229s  + 2.413   
15. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m35.459s  + 2.643   
16. Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1m35.913s  + 3.097   
17. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m35.968s  + 3.152   
18. Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1m36.169s  + 3.353   
19. Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m36.587s  + 3.771  
20. Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m37.803s  + 4.987   
21. Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m37.812s  + 4.996   
22. Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m39.649s  + 6.833