Mercedes maintain lead as Button surprises

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Bahrain, Bahrain International Circuitbh

Nico Rosberg continued to be the fastest man in second practice at Bahrain, edging out team mate Lewis Hamilton by little more than 2 tenths of a second. Behind the two Mercedes, Jenson Button in the McLaren was surprisingly the fastest rival, 1.3s down on the pace setter.

During the session, Romain Grosjean has a strange front wing failure as vibration from running wide over the kerbs seemed to knock off the left front wing endplate of his car. The Frenchman ran wide, but returned safely to the pits to get a new wing fitted.

Sebastian Vettel was also plagued with a technical failure, stopping alongside the track after saying he switched off the car after losing drive.

Results

Pos.No.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:31.001-38
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:31.242+0.241s32
322Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:32.281+1.280s32
433Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:32.406+1.405s31
57Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:32.452+1.451s38
65Sebastian VettelFerrari1:32.650+1.649s26
726Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing1:32.703+1.702s34
877Valtteri BottasWilliams1:32.792+1.791s39
93Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:32.870+1.869s23
1019Felipe MassaWilliams1:32.873+1.872s36
1147Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:32.999+1.998s30
1221Esteban GutierrezHaas1:33.129+2.128s31
1355Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:33.177+2.176s36
148Romain GrosjeanHaas1:33.384+2.383s23
1511Sergio PerezForce India1:33.406+2.405s35
1620Kevin MagnussenRenault1:33.447+2.446s34
1727Nico HulkenbergForce India1:33.570+2.569s37
1830Jolyon PalmerRenault1:33.640+2.639s35
1994Pascal WehrleinManor1:33.953+2.952s21
209Marcus EricssonSauber1:34.224+3.223s31
2112Felipe NasrSauber1:34.477+3.476s34
2288Rio HaryantoManor1:34.562+3.561s33