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Rosberg outguns Schumacher again - and Hamilton is quicker than Button

Mercedes and McLaren have bounced back from a difficult morning in the second F1 practice session of the season in Bahrain.

Nico Rosberg proved that he is unlikely to be awestruck by Michael Schumacher's arrival at the Mercedes team (ex-Brawn) by posting the fastest time, while Lewis Hamilton reversed the McLaren team standings from the first session by claiming second.

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Schumacher ended the session in third spot, 0.5sec behind Rosberg, while Button was fourth.

It was a better session for Red Bull and Williams - Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg were fifth and sixth respectively - but the Ferraris were working on heavy-fuel runs. Felipe Massa was seventh, two places clear of team-mate Fernando Alonso.

The new teams continued to struggle. Timo Glock's Virgin was the fastest newcomer 5.4sec off the fastest time, and HRT faced problems with its untested machine; parts could be seen flying off the right-rear of Bruno Senna's car at the end of the main straight, while his team-mate Karun Chandhok has failed to get in a lap all day.

Sutil tops first F1 practiceAutocar's 2010 F1 guideSteve Sutcliffe blog - Rosberg quicker than Schumacher - it's official (sort of)Alan Henry blog: F1 2010 starts with a row

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goodcarlover 12 March 2010

Re: Mercs fight back in Bahrain F1

I think its amazing that shumacher gets within 0.5 of second after 3 years off!!! the others had better watch out as the rust falls off the german legend.good to see nico do well but as before over previous seasons , dont think he will be as quick as michael over a race distance, only time will tell. cant wait for quailifying to begin......bring it on!!!!

nettingham 12 March 2010

Re: Mercs fight back in Bahrain F1

Autocar wrote:
Mercedes and McLaren have bounced back from a difficult morning...

Right. Everyone's still guessing about who's actually fastest at the moment, given all the fuel load experimentation. (The commentators this morning were being pretty honest about not knowing who was really quick!). It'll be Quali 2 and 3 when things start getting going.

nicksheele 12 March 2010

Re: Mercs fight back in Bahrain F1

Four German drivers in the first six. Blighters are dominating driving cars as well as making cars. Perhaps they took heart from Deutschland's hammering of GB in the hockey world champs yesterday.