2014 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix - Second free practice

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Welcome to live text coverage of second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix!
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The sun is beginning to set here at the Sakhir circuit, with the floodlights being switched on for the first time this weekend
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This evening's session should be much more representative in terms of track conditions, with the session getting underway at the same time as Sunday's race
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During the break, Ferrari published the cause of Raikkonen's floor damage...
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The Finn's car has been repaired and should be good to go from the start of FP2
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On the subject of Ferrari, the team will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the tyre drama that saw it fit one Soft and three Medium tyres to Alonso's car
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After Mercedes continued its dominance of Formula 1 2014 in FP1, can somebody else move to the fore this time out?
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Lots of drivers are now getting strapped into their cars
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The scene is set ahead of second practice...
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Second practice gets underway at Sakhir!
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Sutil is the first driver out in his Sauber
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He is followed by Ericsson and Grosjean
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Plenty more cars heading out for early laps
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As expected, air and track temperatures are much cooler this evening
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That is likely to have a significant impact on car balance
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Sutil records the first time of the session, lapping in 1:39.438
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Kvyat goes quickest with a 1:38.974
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Button now moves to the front on 1:38.235
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After gaining a toe from Maldonado along the main straight, Button narrowly avoids contact with Ericsson under braking for the first corner
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"Something is wrong with the downshift," reports Kvyat
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Magnussen takes P1 with a time of 1:37.973
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That compares to Hamilton's 1:37.502 from the first session
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Lots of steering wheel corrections from Raikkonen on his latest lap
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We will soon have full night conditions, with the sky getting darker by the minute
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Hamilton jumps clear on 1:36.506
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Alonso goes second, half a second adrift of Hamilton
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Rosberg slots into second, nine hundredths down on his team-mate
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"Too much understeer at the moment," reports Rosberg
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The German had a wild moment at Turn 10 on the lap before going P2
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Earlier on, Perez was seen darting from side to side in front of Rosberg
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This incident will be investigated after the session
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Vettel moves up to fourth with his latest lap in his Red Bull
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Just the German, team-mate Ricciardo and Gutierrez on track at present
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Ricciardo slots into third, just over half a second behind Hamilton
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Kvyat, currently 11th, claims that Alonso blocked him
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McLaren mechanics carrying out work at the front of Magnussen's car
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Also lots of work going on in the Mercedes garage
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Grosjean becomes the first driver to switch to the Soft tyres
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Chilton also heads out on the Option rubber
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Plenty of flow-vis paint at the rear of Ricciardo's car
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Red Bull in particular has brought a lot of upgrades to Bahrain
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Grosjean goes seventh with his first lap on the Softs
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His time is just over a second slower than Hamilton's Medium-tyre benchmark
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Chilton moves up to 10th in the Marussia
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Having swapped Mediums for Softs, Perez goes quickest on a 1:35.802
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Rosberg, also on Softs, puts Mercedes back on top with a 1:34.690
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That's two seconds quicker than his Medium tyre effort
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It also puts him more than a second clear of Perez
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Chilton has an off-track moment at Turn 10
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Grosjean reports a misfire over the radio
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Hamilton reclaims P1 on the Soft rubber, clocking a 1:34.325
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That's 0.365 seconds faster than team-mate Rosberg on the same tyres
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Alonso up to third for Ferrari, albeit over a second off the pace
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Button goes fourth, with Kvyat slotting into fifth
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Perez is sixth, just ahead of Raikkonen and Gutierrez
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Hulkenberg goes seventh on his Soft tyre run
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Still waiting for Williams drivers Massa and Bottas to appear
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Bottas did not take part in FP1 as he stepped aside for reserve driver Felipe Nasr
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Ricciardo goes fourth, while Magnussen moves up to seventh
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Replays show Maldonado running wide at Turn 4, before the car takes off
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Some bodywork flew off when it came back down
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Rosberg is back out on the Soft rubber
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Expect some longer runs to begin now
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Massa and Bottas are finally getting ready in the Williams garage
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Vergne has a spin at Turn 8 but continues without major drama
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Chilton's Marussia has stopped out on track
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"What on earth just happened there? I had a complete loss of power and it locked the rear axle," Chilton says over the radio
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Replays show Chilton locking up under braking for Turn 4, before the car snapped away and spun
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Chilton's car has been cleared and the track is green once more
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Sutil now comes to a halt in his Sauber
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The German walks away from his stricken car, which is situated at Turn 6
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The track is green again as marshals push the car behind the barriers
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For reference, Hamilton's fastest time is just over a second slower than Massa's best effort from pre-season testing
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Massa is 13th after his first Medium tyre run, having clocked a 1:36.790
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If, like most other drivers, he improves by two seconds on the Softs, he should be close to the front
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Rosberg locks up heavily under braking for Turn 10
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Bottas finally heads out in the Williams
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Quite an erratic Soft tyre stint from Rosberg so far, whose times range from the high 1m38s to the high 1m43s
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Bottas clocks a 1:37.512 on the Medium tyres, placing him 17th
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Alonso is all over the back of Kvyat as their latest runs cross paths
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All drivers bar Massa and Kobayashi on track at the moment
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Lotus sends Maldonado out for another run after his dramatic off track moment
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Ricciardo, predominantly lapping in the mid to high 1m40s on the Soft compound tyre, is told that his degradation is "good" for the time being
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We're now into the final 15 minutes of second practice
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Just Hulkenberg, Sutil, Bottas and Chilton in the pits at present
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Sutil and Chilton, of course, recently stopped out on track
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Massa makes the switch to the Soft tyre
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Massa goes fifth, just over a second adrift of Hamilton
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A lock up at Turn 10 would have affected his final lap time
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Ricciardo brings his Soft tyre run into double figures, with relatively little drop off
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Compared to mid-high 1m40s early on, he has dropped to the low 1m41s
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Ericsson has stopped in the Caterham
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The Swede is parked shortly after Turn 10
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He is safely out of his car, with marshals now on the scene
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It looks as though Sutil's Sauber has been repaired in time for a late run
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Bottas is finally out on the Soft compound tyre
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"Give me more power!" Kvyat demands over the radio
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"We can't give you more," comes the response
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Ericsson's car has been cleared and the track is green once more
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Replays show Gutierrez weaving in front of Massa on the run to the final corner
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Bottas goes 11th, around half a second down on team-mate Massa
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The chequered flag comes out, bringing the session to an end
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No more lap time improvements, with the focus very much on longer runs
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That means Mercedes again lock out the top two positions, with Hamilton strengthening his advantage over team-mate Rosberg
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Alonso again finishes as 'best of the rest' for Ferrari
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Stay tuned to the website for a session report, full results, news and photos
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Thank you for joining us throughout the opening day of action at Sakhir
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We will be back for FP3, which begins at 3pm local time (GMT +3) on Saturday