Rosberg tops Bahrain practice

Nico Rosberg ensured Mercedes ended the opening day of running for the Bahrain Grand Prix on top of the pile by posting the quickest time in second free practice for the F1 season opener.

Rosberg posted a best time of 1min 55.409secs early on in the 90 minute session and remained unbeaten as the majority of teams elected to focus on a series of longer runs in preparation for the race on Sunday.

Rosberg was followed on the times by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton – despite the Briton reporting severe tyre wear on the harder compound Bridgestone tyres after a matter of laps – while Michael Schumacher was third in the second of the Mercedes cars. Jenson Button rounded out the top four as Mercedes-powered cars dominated the top of the time sheets.

Sebastian Vettel was fifth quickest for Red Bull, albeit more than a second off the outright pace, despite a number of trips across the run-off area exiting the final corner, although his session was better than that endured by team-mate Mark Webber. He ended the session down in 17th place after being sidelined by a driveshaft issue on his RB5.

Nico Hulkenberg was sixth quickest for Williams ahead of the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso – which were split on the times by the Renault of Vitaly Petrov in an encouraging eighth place. The top ten was completed the first of the Saubers, in the hands of Pedro de la Rosa.

Aside from Webber, there were issues for both Toro Rosso drivers, with Jaime Alguersuari running wide on the new section of circuit created for this year’s race and narrowly avoiding the barriers, and Sebastien Buemi failing to set a time after running into a mechanical issue with his car.

Heikki Kovalainen was quickest for the newcomers as he put his Lotus 18th on the timesheets, just ahead of team-mate Jarno Trulli, as the team lapped more than a second clear than Virgin Racing. Timo Glock was quickest of the two VR-01s, despite managing just a handful of laps.

Bruno Senna was able to complete some meaningful running for HRT, posting his fastest lap on the final lap of the session but still ending up more then 11 seconds off the pace. The Brazilian then suffered a spin at the first corner after the chequered flag had flown, with replays suggesting that he had lost a wheelnut from the right rear.

Team-mate Karun Chandhok failed to hit the track as the team faced delays in getting his car ready, meaning the Indian will have to wait until final practice to make his debut on an F1 race weekend.

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Go lotus go!! although… I fear they may explode mid 1st race as Top Gear built the car!!
though I am still backing Ferrari, dispite dopey Alonso driving for them. Schuey will be 1st in the drivers

YAY 1ST COMMENT!!!!

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yeah second comment

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A Ruski split the Ferrari’s in the time sheets??? Bwhaaaa?

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mmm Ferrari is a bit behind here, hope they make it up

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based on the times we have at the moment, it seems as if mercedes, mclaren, force india, williams and ferrari have the best cars out there. I think the qualifying results could be:

1. F. Alonso
2. L. Hamilton
3. N. Rosberg
4. M. Schumacher
5. J. Button
6. F.Massa
7. A. Sutil
8. N. Hulkenburg
9. R. Barrichello
10. R. Kubica

But i’m guessing, lets hope Force India can pull something out the bag and win. :D.

I hope Schumacher prooves everyone wrong and shows that he still has what it takes to be Champion.

Also can we make it 3 in a row for consecutive British world champions ???

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Im routing for Virgin racing, although they will take time to get up to the mid field pace. I think it will be between Mclaren and Ferrari

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my results for the first race:

1.M.shumacher

2.L.hamilton

3.F.alonso (eye brow man)

4.N.rosberg/J.button

5.F.massa

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yep.. go USF1! no wait.. they’re not in the 2010 season? :)))) they would have been some overlapping entertainment..

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USF1 would be rubbish ! expect them next year then!(..to be rubbish)

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Go Felipe Massa.

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can’t wait for Sundays race
i expect some accidents.
(especially on the first corner)
there are just too many cars on the track.

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Alonso’s won it already.

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yeah 13th comment

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Vettel for the win..but Alonso will give him a tough race.Massa fighting the Mclarens and Webber.Schumacher only 7th in qualifying and a bit slower than Rosberg in outright pace BUT that means very little to me – only the race will show Michael’s true ability and if he’s still ‘got it’ or not.

Then again,forget the above – with them all starting with full tanks it is too hard to call!I can’t wait – it will be fascinating to see who comes out on top :)

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@11 It’s a very long and wide rack, so I don’t think there are too many cars on the track..but wait until Monaco: that will be carnage!!

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I hope Nico wins his first race this year. That’s for Rosberg and Hulkenberg. {A.K.A The Hulk}

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Yeah… 17th comment.

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yeh, 18th comment

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I’m surprised that Vettel’s car lost power, but i’m glad that Alonso came 1st.
Really, all the celebrations have to go to Massa, a fitting tribute to his glorious comeback at 2nd position.
Button, however, really needs to get used to that McLaren car if he’s to succeed.

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Comment No. 1 {J4KE H4M}: Did you buy that magazine?

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Yeah… 21st Comment

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