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Practice Two - Rosberg back on top in Bahrain 24 Apr 2009

Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 24 April 2009 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 24 April 2009 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R29.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 24 April 2009 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 24 April 2009

Nico Rosberg once again put a Williams at the head of the timesheets in Friday afternoon's second practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir.

The German lapped his FW31 in 1m 33.339s, faster than Lewis Hamilton went this morning. Behind him, Fernando Alonso vaulted up to second with a run of 1m 33.530s for Renault in the closing stages. That pushed Jarno Trulli down to third for Toyota on 1m 33.616s, and then came the Red Bulls of Chinese winner Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber (1m 33.661s and 1m 33.676s respectively).

Right behind then came series leader Jenson Button on 1m 33.694s for Brawn. Adrian Sutil lapped his revised Force India in 1m 33.763s for seventh, with Toyota's Timo Glock (1m 33.764s), Brawn's Rubens Barrichello (1m 33.885s) and Williams' Kazuki Nakajima (1m 33.899s) rounding out the top 10.

Lewis Hamilton was 11th for McLaren, running more new aero parts for a best lap of 1m 33.994s, then came Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella on 1m 34.025s, the Toro Rossos of Sebastiens Buemi and Bourdais (1m 34.127s and 1m 34.366s respectively) and Renault's Nelson Piquet on 1m 34.411s for 15th.

The two Ferrari drivers focused on race running, as did the BMW Sauber pilots and McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen. Felipe Massa was 16th on 1m 34.564s, ahead of Robert Kubica on 1m 34.605s, Kimi Raikkonen on 1m 34.670s, Kovalainen on 1m 34.764s and Nick Heidfeld on 1m 34.790s.

Again it was a relatively undramatic session. Piquet needed a new front wing after damaging the right-hand side of his original in a spin; and Sutil, Hamilton, Glock and trulli all had off-course moments.

While the session brought some interesting lap times they were not necessarily representative of the performance we will see on Saturday in the final practice session, and the first two phases of qualifying, when everyone will be running similar fuel loads.