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Bahrain 2009: Friday Practice Two

Bahrain 2009: Friday Practice Two

Nico Rosberg ended Friday’s running at the top of the tables, completing 36 laps on his way to a time 0.2s clear of second fastest driver Fernando Alonso. The Williams pilot has been impressing in Free Practice sessions all season, but this is not an indicator of race pace as Rosberg tends to gradually lose touch with the front runners as the weekend progresses. The Toyotas returned to form in the second session as well, having not done particularly well in the morning. Jarno Trulli finished in P3 while Timo Glock ended his day in P8.

The surprise of the afternoon were the Force India duo of Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil. Early in the 90 minute running Fisichella popped in a quick lap but the pace of Sutil was the talking point at the end of the day, the German finishing in P7. Also improving were both Red Bull pilots, but this was at the cost of the downward moving BMWs and Brawns. Nick Heidfeld ended his day at the bottom while team mate Robert Kubica could only manage P17. Jenson Button also fared less well, one place down on his morning performance but 0.9s faster.

The Ferrari’s of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa also struggled around the Bahrain circuit. Traditionally, Sakhir is Ferrari territory, but as we saw in Malaysia (another of the traditional Scuderia tracks) not everything is going their way this year. Raikkonen went from P10 in the morning to P18 in the afternoon, only improving by 0.2s. Felipe Massa started the day well in P8 but also finished further down the tables, 0.025s faster but in P16. Massa is not running KERS this weekend but Raikkonen is, and the fact that Massa has been faster in both sessions says a lot about the state of the F60 at the moment.

Bahrain 2009
Friday Free Practice Two

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Set

1. German FlagNico Rosberg Williams 1m33.339s 36 Laps
2. Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Renault 1m33.530s 25 Laps
3. Italian FlagJarno Trulli Toyota 1m33.616s 37 Laps
4. German FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m33.661s 29 Laps
5. Australian FlagMark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m33.676s 32 Laps
6. British FlagJenson Button Brawn 1m33.694s 35 Laps
7. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India 1m33.763s 30 Laps
8. German FlagTimo Glock Toyota 1m33.764s 37 Laps
9. Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Brawn 1m33.885s 30 Laps
10. Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Williams 1m33.899s 36 Laps
11. British FlagLewis Hamilton McLaren 1m33.994s 30 Laps
12. Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m34.025s 23 Laps
13. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m34.127s 37 Laps
14. French FlagSebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m34.366s 26 Laps
15. Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m34.411s 29 Laps
16. Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Ferrari 1m34.564s 34 Laps
17. Polish FlagRobert Kubica BMW 1m34.605s 31 Laps
18. Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m34.670s 28 Laps
19. Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m34.764s 35 Laps
20. German FlagNick Heidfeld BMW 1m34.790s 33 Laps

Oliver White

2 comments

  • Whoops. You are quite correct David. It was also Felipe who moaned in Shanghai about not having KERS, saying the team have stepped backwards since removing. So it makes sense that he would get it back, and the driver who’s suffered the most retirements because of it (Raikkonen) does not. Thanks for pointing that out.

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