2012 BAHRAIN GP: NICO ROSBERG FASTEST DRIVER ON FRIDAY

Nico again with perfest one lap !!!
Nico Rosberg was comfortably quickest in second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix, beating the Red Bull pair of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel by nearly half a second. Having set the quickest time on medium tyres, Vettel was the first of the front-runners on to the softs but was only able to improve by 0.114s. The Mercedes of Rosberg, however, found a lot more time on the soft tyre, including half a second in the final sector which is made up of two corners and two long straights. His best time of 1:32.816 put him 0.446s clear of Webber, who in turn was another 0.25s ahead of Vettel.

The two McLarens were unable to get close to Rosberg's time when they lapped later in the session, by which time the track temperature had dropped significantly compared to when the earlier laps were completed. Lewis Hamilton was fourth quickest with a 1:33.747 and Jenson Button sixth; 1.4s slower than Rosberg.

Michael Schumacher split the McLarens and looked to be on a quick lap having set the fastest first sector on soft tyres, 0.2s quicker than Rosberg. In sector two he hit traffic, however, and having backed off the best of his tyres had gone. German had a near-miss with compatriot Sebastian Vettel near the end of the session. Neither car was damaged, and Schumacher completed the day in fifth, a second off his pacesetting Mercedes team-mate.

Ferrari's struggles with traction continued but Fernando Alonso was still able to set the eighth fastest time. Ferrari won't be the only team to face problems with the tyres on Sunday, however, with all teams experiencing high levels of degradation.

The story at the start of the session centred around two cars not on the track, the Force India's of Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg. Both sat out FP2 as the team was working to prepare the cars for Saturday in order to leave the circuit before nightfall, but it insists it is committed to racing on Sunday.
Pos    Driver               Team                 Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:32.816            35 
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1:33.262  + 0.446   26 
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1:33.525  + 0.709   28 
 4. Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1:33.747  + 0.931   26 
 5. Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1:33.862  + 1.046   31 
 6. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:34.246  + 1.430   28 
 7. Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1:34.411  + 1.595   34 
 8. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:34.449  + 1.633   31 
 9. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1:34.615  + 1.799   32 
10. Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1:34.893  + 2.077   34 
11. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:34.895  + 2.079   29 
12. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:34.941  + 2.125   29 
13. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1:35.183  + 2.367   33 
14. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:35.229  + 2.413   26 
15. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1:35.459  + 2.643   38 
16. Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1:35.913  + 3.097   32 
17. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1:35.968  + 3.152   35 
18. Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1:36.169  + 3.353   30 
19. Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1:36.587  + 3.771   32 
20. Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1:37.803  + 4.987   33 
21. Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1:37.812  + 4.996   28 
22. Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1:39.649  + 6.833   27