Rosberg’s practice pace continues

Nico Rosberg continues to set the pace in Bahrain

Nico Rosberg continues to set the pace in Bahrain

Nico Rosberg’s stunning form has continued with the German finishing the final practice for tomorrow’s Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix on top of the time sheets, again the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team driver besting the field .

In a competitive session, Rosberg’s team-mate Michael Schumacher and World Champion, Sebastian Vettel both enjoyed periods in the fastest position, however on his final run, the Chinese Grand Prix winner last weekend set the pace.

With the Sakhir paddock seemingly more sedate after yesterday’s drama, Vettel was second quickest – slipping in a time just 0.147 behind Rosberg, with his team-mate, Mark Webber in third – Red Bull Racing seeming to have found some pace this weekend.

Fourth quickest was Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, whilst seven-times World Champion and inaugural Bahrain winner, Michael Schumacher for Mercedes-AMG Petronas was fifth. Jenson Button was sixth quick with Kimi Raikkonen right behind him for Team Lotus.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo was eighth for Scuderia Toro Rosso, Romain Grosjean ninth and rounding out the 10 was Fernando Alonso for Ferrari.

Williams’ and Sauber’s pace seems to have tapered somewhat – finishing around the top 15.

Many paddock pundits are tipping Rosberg’s run to continue in qualifying this afternoon, however the pace of the Red Bulls appears ominous.


1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.254s
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 0.147s
3. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault + 0.409s
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 0.528s
5. Michael Schumacher Mercedes + 0.542s
6. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes + 0.645s
7. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 0.722s
8. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 0.943s
9. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 1.147s
10. Fernando Alonso Ferrari + 1.641s
11. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault + 1.664s
12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1.723s
13. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 1.813s
14. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1.874s
15. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 2.082s
16. Felipe Massa Ferrari + 2.282s
17. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault + 2.369s
18. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 2.440s
19. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 2.519s
20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault + 3.278s
21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 4.013s
22. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 4.400s
23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth + 5.719s
24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 5.967s



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