FP2: Mercedes show their pace as Rosberg leads 1-2

Mercedes showed their true pace during second practice with Nico Rosberg topping the times with a 1:34.647, a tenth quicker than his team-mate Lewis Hamilton could manage.

Key Points from FP2:

- The cooler temperatures arrived with the sunset in Bahrain, giving a better representation of the conditions drivers will experience during qualifying and the race.

- Rosberg topped the screens with Hamilton second, split by just a tenth. The pair were however half a second quicker than the Ferraris in 3rd and 4th.

- Williams Valtteri Bottas wasn't far behind, with 0.003 splitting the Finn and Sebastian Vettel.

- The top ten were covered by just over a second, representing one of the closest FP2's this season so far.

- Jenson Button once again encountered trouble when his McLaren stopped on track after just five laps. The team did however manage to get him back out for another ten.

Manor's Roberto Merhi was last, whilst team-mate Will Stevens leapfrogged the unreliable McLaren of Button.

# Driver Team Time Gap Laps
01 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.647   31
02 L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.762 0.115 33
03 K. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:35.174 0.527 30
04 S. Vettel Ferrari 1:35.277 0.630 26
05 V. Bottas Williams 1:35.280 0.633 36
06 D. Ricciardo Red Bull 1:35.449 0.802 27
07 P. Maldonado Lotus 1:35.474 0.827 34
08 F. Nasr Sauber 1:35.793 1.146 27
09 D. Kvyat Red Bull 1:35.883 1.236 23
10 F. Massa Williams 1:35.884 1.237 35
11 M. Ericsson Sauber 1:36.148 1.501 34
12 F. Alonso McLaren 1:36.191 1.544 22
13 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:36.334 1.687 31
14 C. Sainz Toro Rosso 1:36.471 1.824 32
15 N. Hulkenberg Force India 1:36.805 2.158 30
16 M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:36.917 2.270 26
17 S. Perez Force India 1:37.062 2.415 33
18 W. Stevens Marussia 1:39.131 4.484 21
19 J. Button McLaren 1:39.209 4.562 15
20 R. Merhi Marussia 1:40.592 5.945 26