Rosberg still quickest as Vettel threatens
21 April 2012 – Nico Rosberg has remained fastest in final practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Following an overheating problem with his Red Bull, World Champion Sebastian Vettel moved to within two tenths of a second of his compatriot as Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher completed the top five.
Once again, today brought a chiefly uneventful session in terms of incident, with several cars running wide but no need for yellow flags as Sakhir sports huge run-off areas. There was a haze over the circuit, although Pastor Maldonado was more concerned about the gearbox change which leaves him with a five-place grid penalty heading into qualifying. Unfortunately, local events in Bahrain resulted in near-empty grandstands around most of the venue.
After the team elected to skip yesterday’s entire second session, Force India set the most laps as Paul di Resta and Nico Hülkenberg strived to make up lost ground. At Ferrari, there are question marks over the possibility of facing the top ten shootout this afternoon, as Fernando Alonso narrowly sealed tenth position while team-mate Felipe Massa struggled en route to 16th spot. The field was again completed by HRT.
Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying will be underway at 2pm local time (BST +2) and can also be followed through the interactive GPUpdate.net Live Report