Bahrain Grand Prix FP2 analysis

There's not much to choose between the two McLaren drivers so far

There's not much to choose between the two McLaren drivers so far

The second practice session at Bahrain brought further evidence of Ferrari’s long-run pace but Mercedes and McLaren are up there with the on one-lap performance.

We look set for an entertaining qualifying session tomorrow. Here’s how all the teams got on in second practice today:

McLaren, Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari

FP2 times: McLaren, Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull

FP2 times: McLaren, Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull

The McLaren and Mercedes drivers set their fastest times on qualifying simulations, as did Felipe Massa. But it looks like Alonso hasn’t shown his hand yet with a low-fuel run.

Massa’s long run looks good compared with those of the McLaren drivers:

Lap Felipe Massa Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
1 2’00.153 2’02.481 2’01.793
2 2’04.201 2’02.189 2’02.543
3 2’00.613 2’05.157 2’02.274
4 2’00.331 2’01.963 2’02.085
5 2’06.368 2’02.509 2’02.439
6 2’00.087 2’02.464 2’03.036
7 2’00.347 2’02.351 2’02.890
8 2’00.792 2’02.782 2’11.859
9 2’00.377 2’03.268 2’34.349
10 2’04.929 2’03.537 2’01.617
11 2’00.031 2’02.242 2’01.668
12 2’00.615 2’02.405 2’01.937
13 2’01.123 2’06.497 2’10.953
14 2’00.810
15 2’00.877

Early in the session Hamilton aborted one run on the medium tyres having quickly destroyed them – a problem with tyre allocations so tightly restricted this year.

Mercedes one-lap pace looks promising, at least in the hands of Nico Rosberg. Although Michael Schumacher admitted afterwards to being “rusty”, his long-run pace compares favourable with Rosberg’s.

Red Bull, however, lost a lot of running the afternoon changing Mark Webber’s driveshaft and Sebastian Vettel’s brakes – the latter losing his car under braking for the final corner early in the session.

Williams, Force India, Renault, Toro Rosso and Sauber

FP2 times: Williams, Renault, Force India, Toro Rosso, Sauber

FP2 times: Williams, Renault, Force India, Toro Rosso, Sauber

Although Force India topped the times in the first sector it was the VJM03′s pace over long runs that Vitantonio Liuzzi praised following the second session. He felt the car’s one-lap performance wasn’t quite there yet. Both his and Sutil’s long runs looked very consistent.

Sauber showed better pace than they did in the morning but Pedro de la Rosa complained of poor grip and described the turn seven bump as “dangerous”. Kamui Kobayashi suffered a puncture and had to curtail one of his runs.

Rubens Barrichello lost early running due to an electrical problem and finished both sessions almost one second slower than new team mate Nico H???lkenberg. H???lkenberg also looked quicker on his nine-lap stint than Barrichello did on his ten-lapper – of course we don’t know whether they were running the same fuel loads.

Renault said they were happy with the stability of their car under braking. As is to be expected Vitaly Petrov looks some way of Robert Kubica’s pace.

Jaime Alguersuari described the new section of track as “nothing special and very slow” – perhaps that was his revenge for being caught out by the complex where he spun in FP2. Team mate Buemi missed the entire session (apart from a single installation lap) due to car trouble.

Lotus, Virgin and HRT

FP2 Times: Lotus, Virgin, HRT

FP2 Times: Lotus, Virgin, HRT

Bruno Senna logged 17 laps in the HRT and by the end of the session he’d finally managed to beat the best time set during the GP2 Asia practice session.

Worryingly, wheel nut failure brought his car to a halt at the first corner at the end of the session. Team mate Karun Chandhok didn’t do a lap at all despite hopes he would be out during FP2. He has just one hour to complete his first lap in the car before qualifying tomorrow.

Virgin were almost a second off Lotus’s pace in the second session but neither of their cars did low-fuel running and Timo Glock hasn’t tried the super-soft tyres yet.

Top 50 lap times

The top 50 times set during the session:

Rank Driver Lap time Lap
1 Nico Rosberg 115.409 5
2 Nico Rosberg 115.555 2
3 Lewis Hamilton 115.854 7
4 Michael Schumacher 115.854 7
5 Lewis Hamilton 116.051 2
6 Michael Schumacher 116.051 2
7 Jenson Button 116.076 8
8 Sebastian Vettel 116.459 6
9 Nico H???lkenberg 116.501 17
10 Jenson Button 116.516 4
11 Felipe Massa 116.555 27
12 Vitaly Petrov 116.75 10
13 Nico H???lkenberg 116.799 2
14 Felipe Massa 116.81 29
15 Sebastian Vettel 116.924 3
16 Jenson Button 116.944 2
17 Vitaly Petrov 117.053 11
18 Fernando Alonso 117.14 24
19 Pedro de la Rosa 117.255 17
20 Pedro de la Rosa 117.287 16
21 Kamui Kobyashi 117.352 17
22 Adrian Sutil 117.361 7
23 Fernando Alonso 117.415 22
24 Rubens Barrichello 117.452 18
25 Rubens Barrichello 117.455 2
26 Kamui Kobyashi 117.661 16
27 Adrian Sutil 117.706 4
28 Vitaly Petrov 117.711 12
29 Vitantonio Liuzzi 117.833 7
30 Adrian Sutil 117.858 2
31 Fernando Alonso 118.013 19
32 Robert Kubica 118.155 25
33 Vitaly Petrov 118.214 6
34 Robert Kubica 118.226 27
35 Vitantonio Liuzzi 118.364 8
36 Vitaly Petrov 118.429 7
37 Vitantonio Liuzzi 118.533 2
38 Vitaly Petrov 118.952 4
39 Pedro de la Rosa 119.075 13
40 Fernando Alonso 119.087 10
41 Vitantonio Liuzzi 119.305 3
42 Rubens Barrichello 119.305 20
43 Pedro de la Rosa 119.495 12
44 Robert Kubica 119.54 16
45 Jenson Button 119.544 7
46 Vitantonio Liuzzi 119.581 4
47 Fernando Alonso 119.724 11
48 Jaime Alguersuari 119.799 9
49 Robert Kubica 119.826 14
50 Fernando Alonso 119.875 3

Fastest laps

Extended data on the times set by all the drivers.

Pos. Driver Car Fastest On Gap Within 1% Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’55.409 5 0 2 23
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’55.854 7 0.445 2 22
3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’55.903 6 0.494 3 23
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’56.076 8 0.667 3 28
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’56.459 6 1.05 2 18
6 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’56.501 17 1.092 2 26
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’56.555 27 1.146 2 30
8 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’56.750 10 1.341 3 26
9 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’57.140 24 1.731 3 25
10 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’57.255 17 1.846 2 24
11 Kamui Kobyashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’57.352 17 1.943 2 27
12 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’57.361 7 1.952 3 29
13 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’57.452 18 2.043 2 21
14 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’57.833 7 2.424 3 29
15 Robert Kubica Renault 1’58.155 25 2.746 2 29
16 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’59.799 9 4.39 3 31
17 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 2’00.444 6 5.035 8 12
18 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 2’00.873 21 5.464 2 23
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 2’00.990 13 5.581 1 14
20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 2’02.037 2 6.628 1 3
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 2’02.188 6 6.779 2 21
22 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 2’06.968 16 11.559 2 17
23 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 7’11.000 1 315.591 1 1
24 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth

NB. ‘Within 1%’ refers to the number of times a driver set a lap time that was within 1% of his best.

Analysing practice

This is a new series of articles analysing the lap times from practice. If you have any suggestions for improvements or changes you would like to see, please post them in the comments.

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66 comments on Bahrain Grand Prix FP2 analysis

  1. David Smith said on 13th March 2010, 7:03

    F1 on BBC

    Not sure if its common knowledge but people with freeview (most of us!) go to 301 and you can now watch free practice on TV third practice starts today at 7:55 on there…
    Enjoy

  2. fabio pellim said on 13th March 2010, 7:29

    Kudos Keith! Great graphics…

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