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Bahrain GP 2010: Mercedes Power Dominates FP2

Mercedes Benz power units dominated the second practice in Bahrain with Nico Rosberg going fastest, ahead of Schumacher in 3rd and the two McLaren’s of Hamilton and Button.

Rosberg set some hot lap times early in the session, before later joining the rest of the field on longer stints.

Red Bull’s Vettel managed 5th, but so far the Austrian energy drink teams cars (including Toro Rosso) have struggled significantly, suggesting that perhaps some of the other teams that have invested significant time in changing their cars heavily from 2009, as opposed to adapting it for 2010, have won the early technical battle.  It is too early to make predicitons though.

Ferrari found themselves further down the times in 7th and 9th, but they were doing longer runs as opposed to hot laps like this morning.

Nico Hulkenberg proved himself and put the Williams into 6th, team mate Barrichello was 14th.  the Sauber’s too had a good day overall with their cars scouting around the top 10.

The new teams continued their learning curve down at the bottom of the timesheets, Bruno Senna got testing under way properly of the new HRT with 9 laps and ended 6.5 seconds off the pace.  Karun Chandhok will join Formula One tomorrow having being granted his Superlicence last night.

Pos  Driver         Team                    Time              Laps
 1.  Rosberg        Mercedes                1:55.409            23
 2.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes        1:55.854  + 0.445   22
 3.  Schumacher     Mercedes                1:55.903  + 0.494   23
 4.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:56.076  + 0.667   28
 5.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault        1:56.459  + 1.050   18
 6.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth       1:56.501  + 1.092   26
 7.  Massa          Ferrari                 1:56.555  + 1.146   30
 8.  Petrov         Renault                 1:56.750  + 1.341   26
 9.  Alonso         Ferrari                 1:57.140  + 1.731   25
10.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari          1:57.255  + 1.846   24
11.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari          1:57.352  + 1.943   27
12.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1:57.361  + 1.952   29
13.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1:57.452  + 2.043   21
14.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes    1:57.833  + 2.424   29
15.  Kubica         Renault                 1:58.155  + 2.746   29
16.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:59.799  + 4.390   31
17.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault        2:00.444  + 5.035   12
18.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth          2:00.873  + 5.464   23
19.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth          2:00.990  + 5.581   14
20.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth         2:02.037  + 6.628    3
21.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth         2:02.188  + 6.779   21
22.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth            2:06.968  + 11.559  17
23.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari                           1
24.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth

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