Rosberg on top as Bahrain practice finishes

2012 Bahrain Grand Prix third practice

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2012Nico Rosberg led the final practice session in Bahrain ahead of the Red Bull pair.

Track conditions had deteriorated since yesterday, with noticeably more dust on the circuit.

That didn’t stop Force India making an early start to proceedings, having missed yesterday’s second practice session.

The Lotus pair were next onto the track, with first Kimi Raikkonen, then Romain Grosjean leading the times.

The fastest driver on the medium tyres was Sebastian Vettel, who set a 1’34.225 before drivers started using the softs.

Daniel Ricciardo was the first driver to demote him using the soft tyres, but the Mercedes drivers showed even better pace.

Michael Schumacher set a 1’33.796, then reported his rear tyres had started to go off soon afterwards.

But as in China team mate Nico Rosberg found over a half a second more time. A 1’33.254 put him comfortably fastest.

Lewis Hamilton was next up to try to beat the mark but could only better Schumacher’s mark by a hundredth of a second. Jenson Button took to the track a few minutes later and a lap of 1’33.899 put him fourth.

But the McLarens and Schumacher were relegated by a late effort from the Red Bulls. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber claimed second and third, the world champion lapping within 0.147s of Rosberg.

Raikkonen took seventh ahead of Ricciardo and Grosjean. Fernando Alonso scraped into the top ten, just two-hundredths of a second faster than Pastor Maldonado.

In the hot, dusty conditions, Rosberg’s quickest lap was 0.438s slower than yesterday’s best time.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’33.254 14
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’33.401 0.147 14
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’33.663 0.409 15
4 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.782 0.528 16
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’33.796 0.542 16
6 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.899 0.645 14
7 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’33.976 0.722 14
8 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.197 0.943 14
9 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’34.401 1.147 16
10 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’34.895 1.641 11
11 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’34.918 1.664 12
12 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.977 1.723 12
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’35.128 1.874 14
14 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’35.336 2.082 22
15 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’35.536 2.282 15
16 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’35.623 2.369 16
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’35.694 2.440 19
18 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’35.773 2.519 21
19 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.067 2.813 17
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’36.532 3.278 17
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’37.267 4.013 18
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’37.654 4.400 18
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’38.973 5.719 11
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’39.221 5.967 9

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’34.249 1’32.816 1’33.254 +0.438 72
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’34.552 1’33.262 1’33.663 +0.401 64
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’33.877 1’33.525 1’33.401 -0.124 63
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.572 1’33.747 1’33.782 +0.21 53
5 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’34.483 1’33.862 1’33.796 -0.066 65
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.277 1’34.246 1’33.899 -0.347 56
7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’34.609 1’35.183 1’33.976 -0.633 65
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’34.150 1’35.336 +1.186 48
9 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.591 1’34.895 1’34.197 -0.698 63
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’34.344 1’35.773 +1.429 47
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’34.847 1’34.615 1’34.401 -0.214 68
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’35.929 1’34.411 1’35.128 +0.717 72
13 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.436 1’34.449 1’34.895 +0.446 63
14 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’35.024 1’34.893 1’36.067 +1.174 73
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’35.268 1’35.459 1’34.918 -0.35 75
16 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’35.719 1’34.941 1’35.536 +0.595 64
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.195 1’35.229 1’34.977 -0.252 58
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’35.497 24
19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’36.169 1’35.623 -0.546 46
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’36.330 1’35.968 1’35.694 -0.274 65
21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’36.484 1’35.913 1’36.532 +0.619 68
22 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’38.006 1’36.587 1’37.654 +1.067 69
23 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’37.467 1’37.803 1’37.267 -0.2 69
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’38.877 1’37.812 1’38.973 +1.161 58
25 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’39.996 1’39.649 1’39.221 -0.428 59

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14 comments on Rosberg on top as Bahrain practice finishes

  1. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 21st April 2012, 10:15

    The place looked like a ghost town, I think there was spectators at testing this yr.

    • infy (@infy) said on 21st April 2012, 13:27

      Apparently there’s 1 dead person so far. According to reports there’s no reason to think it was done by the authorities.

      • Apart from the obvious humanitarian reasons why this GP should be withdrawn, there is nobody there watching (no real surprise given the circumstances). So its just TV money. I’m no Bernie basher, but come on. Sport doesn’t survive without the fans – and even the worldwide tv audience is now held hostage. Watch it or not.
        Surely there must be many countries that have fans that would flock to a GP. Or even countries that deserve 2 (I know some already do). Can we have a poll Keith?

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 21st April 2012, 10:23

    Rosberg’s FP3 time alone is faster than any McLaren effort. Maybe you can put that down to what Hamilton was saying about unpredictable wind direction, or maybe Mercedes will stick it out front again? They certainly look strong, especially given past tyre trouble. Still, the race is a different story.

    In conclusion, I don’t have a clue :D

  3. HoHum (@hohum) said on 21st April 2012, 10:28

    Like to see the speed trap figures to see if Merc have dialled up the downforce, Q is going to be interesting with the track as slippery as it is, overdriving is going to have serious consequences.

  4. himmatsj (@himmatsj) said on 21st April 2012, 10:30

    Its crazy that Hamilton’s fastest time this weekend has been in FP1. I think with regards to wind directions, track temperature etc, we could be in for a lottery qualifying session. But I still see Niko nicking it!

  5. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 21st April 2012, 10:37

    Red Bull look very strong this weekend. Maybe they finally put everything into together and from now will fight for victories?

  6. Just watching the qualifying. Where are all the spectators?

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