Raikkonen on top for Lotus in second practice

2013 Bahrain Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Bahrain, 2013Kimi Raikkonen was quickest for Lotus in second practice and looked capable of going quicker.

The Ferrari drivers picked up where they left off at the end of the first session, leading the times after the first runs.

Half an hour into the session the Red Bull drivers switched to the medium compound tyres and Mark Webber took over the fastest time. Sebastian Vettel, who’d made a mistake at the final corner earlier in the session, crossed the line a tenth of a second slower than his team mate.

Fernando Alonso looked on course to beat the benchmark time but he caught Romain Grosjean’s Lotus in the middle of the lap, losing a few tenths of a second. His team mate was two tenths of a second slower and Paul di Resta inserted his Force India into the gap between the two.

That remained the order until halfway through the session when Raikkonen did his first run on mediums. He was substantially quicker through the first two sectors and despite understeering in the final two corners he took the quickest time, albeit by just three hundredths of a second.

Esteban Gutierrez, who already has a five-place penalty for this weekend after his crash in China, had another run-in with a rival during the session. Charles Pic moved wide to let him past at turn eight but the Sauber ran wide into the Caterham and Gutierrez hobbled back to the pits with a punctured front-left tyre.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’34.154 31
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’34.184 0.030 26
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’34.282 0.128 29
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’34.310 0.156 29
5 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’34.543 0.389 35
6 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’34.552 0.398 34
7 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’34.631 0.477 33
8 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’34.666 0.512 37
9 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’34.932 0.778 33
10 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’34.976 0.822 29
11 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’35.356 1.202 32
12 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.506 1.352 36
13 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’35.589 1.435 37
14 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.761 1.607 33
15 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.133 1.979 36
16 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’36.279 2.125 33
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’36.579 2.425 28
18 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.616 2.462 34
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’37.061 2.907 33
20 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’37.313 3.159 33
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’37.363 3.209 29
22 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’37.970 3.816 13

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