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Friday, April 24, 2009

Rosberg quickest in Bahrain practice

Friday practice kicked off the action in Bahrain, with Nico Rosberg once again looking threatening. Could this be the week for Williams?

Rosberg was fourth in the first session, but put the FW31 at the top of the charts in the afternoon.

F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain - Practice

Lewis Hamilton set pace in the first session for McLaren, a team who must be hoping its resurgence doesn’t fall prey to April 29th’s FIA hearing.

Perhaps in hope of pacifying the governing body, the team wrote the FIA to apologize for its actions in Australia.

McLaren faces five counts of bringing the sport into disrepute.

Nick Heidfeld was second for BMW Sauber and teammate Robert Kubica third in the morning session.

But it was Rosberg again looking quick in the second session, and one expects one of these days practice pace will play out favorably later in the weekend for the German.

Fernando Alonso was second for Renault, and Jarno Trulli third for Toyota, with the Red Bull boys not far behind.

The weather report for the weekend shows no signs of rain, but not to be outdone, Sakhir is offering up the chance of a sandstorm on race day. What tires do you use for that?

First session
  1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:33.647
  2. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:33.907
  3. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:33.938
  4. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota, 1:34.227
  5. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:34.434
  6. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:34.502
  7. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:34.531
  8. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:34.589
  9. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault, 1:34.827
  10. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:34.827
  11. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota, 1:34.880
  12. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault, 1:34.938
  13. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 1:34.974
  14. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes, 1:35.021
  15. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:35.036
  16. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes,1:35.042
  17. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:35.333
  18. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:35.348
  19. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:35.353
  20. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:35.369

Second session
  1. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota, 1:33.339
  2. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:33.530
  3. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:33.616
  4. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault, 1:33.661
  5. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault, 1:33.676
  6. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:33.694
  7. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes, 1:33.763
  8. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:33.764
  9. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:33.885
  10. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota, 1:33.899
  11. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:33.994
  12. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India- Mercedes, 1:34.025
  13. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:34.127
  14. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:34.366
  15. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 1:34.411
  16. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:34.564
  17. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:34.605
  18. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:34.670
  19. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:34.764
  20. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:34.790

FIA Friday Press Conference - Bahrain

Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes
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