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We look forward to seeing you again, for more of the same, in China, in two weeks' time
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While you get your breath back, we'll take our leave.... thanks for joining us here at BIC this weekend
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...and drivers': ROS 61, HAM 50, HUL 28, ALO 26, BUT/VET 23, MAG 20, BOT 18, PER 16, MAS 12, etc
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Championship update.... constructors': Merc 111, Force India 44, McLaren 43, RBR 35, Ferrari 33, Williams 30, STR 7
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Well what a race that was..... let us know what you thought of it via the F1 channel at www.crash.net
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PER rued safety car as it made race harder, but happy to run just 57 laps with RIC homing in
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PER hails special podium - 'it's been a while'
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ROS claims most exciting race of his career - despite hating coming second to HAM
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HAM admits he was relieved to get across the line at the end
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Respect appears to have trumped acrimony this time
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Hugs between HAM and ROS in the green room
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KVY, GRO, CHI, MAL, KOB and BIA also finish, but 6 cars failed to go the distance
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HUL, VET, MAS, BOT, ALO and RAI complete the scorers
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PER just resists RIC to claim podium for Force India
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...but will there be words in the Mercedes camp after that one?
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HAM holds on to win, at head of Mercedes 1-2
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PER just 1sec ahead of RIC in battle for podium
17:43
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Last lap and HAM continues to lead from ROS... is this one done and dusted now?
17:42
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MAS battling VET for P6.... and using more than the track
17:41
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McLaren not had a DNF since Brazil 2012, but facing a double today - not a good day for BUT's 250th race
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BUT running slowly.... team-mate MAG already out
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HAM told he can use 'overtake; on exit of corners
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RIC started 13th after his Sepang penalty remember - but has he broken his jinx this evening?
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RIC, meanwhile, has passed HUL for P4 - could a podium be on the cards for Red Bull's new boy?
17:37
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No he's too far back as they head into T1
17:37
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Onto the home straight again.... can ROS do it this time?
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The top 2 are 14secs clear of PER in P3 - despite battling!
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ROS benefitting from DRS, tries the inside again into T1 but overshoots and allows HAM the cutback
17:35
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How will this end? In tears? In respectful handshakes?
17:35
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Did they actually hear what Paddy had to say?
17:35
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ROS tries again at T4, running off the road at T4, and agaiun HAM comes out in front
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ROS dives to the ijnside of HAM into T1, but HAM holds on again
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VET isnt letting RIC rest easy though
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HUL now has RIC on his tail, as PER extends advantage in P3
17:32
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VET reports he is slow down the straight - even in the tow? Excuses excuses
17:32
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ROS posts new fastest lap of race, halves HAM advantage
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No holds barrred at RBR today
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Meanwhile, RIC passes VET into T1
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ROS just 0.8s behind HAM - good for DRS
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L48: HAM, ROS +6secs to PER, HUL, VET, RIC, MAS, BOT, BUT, ALO, RAI, KVY, GRO, CHI, KOB, MAL, BIA
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HAM, despite 'no power', sets fastest lap of race!
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...as the Ferraris mass behind the McLaren
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BOT passes BUT as well
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HAM reports loss of power - is his race over?
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The Mercs are pulling away, with HAM still leading.... MAS passes BUT for P7
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VET and RIC on softs blast past BUT for P5 and P6
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The Force Indias now have a long queue behind them
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MAL gets stop-go for GUT incident
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HAM and ROS wheel to wheel at T4.....
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HAM defends from ROS, while the two Force Indias run each other wide
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Drivers weaving to ensure tyre temps are up
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Safety car in at end of lap 46....
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Same warning goes out to ROS - but no direct request not to race
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Suggests teams expects ROS to be challenging for the lead very soon....
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Paddy Lowe asks HAM to make sure both Mercedes cars get to the flag.....
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Lapped cars currently unlapping themselves...
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Both Red Bulls and KVY also on the softs for the last 14 laps
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L42: HAM, ROS, PER, HUL, BUT, VET, RIC, MAS, BOT, ALO, RAI, KVY, GRO, MAL, KOB, CHI
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HAM, of course, has to run the mediums for his last stint as per the rules
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Mercedes managed to pit both cars one after the other - but ROS is now on the softer tyres....
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MAG has stopped while the field forms up behind the safety car - first DNF for the Dane
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Both Mercedes come in for the final stop, correctly anticipating the safety car
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MAL was rejoining from the pits and torpedoed the Sauber at T1
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GUT is slowly climbing from his shattered car - having been tipped into a somersault by MAL
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BOT ducks in from P3....
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GUT and MAL come together at T2... the Sauber is stopped with debris on the track... Safety Car?
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If BOT follows suit, PER and HUL will benefit if they are only two-stopping
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MAS pits for the third time, bolting on a set of mediums for the run to the flag
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The Silverstone team is just a matter of seconds behind its Grove rival in the battle for the podium
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Williams may be back into 3rd and 4th, but HUL sets fastest lap for Force India
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RIC wastes no time in dispensing with MAG to claim 11th
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RIC sweeps around RAI for P12, as the FIN squirms under acceleration as he tries to keep with the Red Bull
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Its been a quiet afternoon for the Dane after his L1 clash with RAI
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VET, meanwhile, climbs back into the top ten at the expense of MAG
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HUL and BUT both pit, from 3rd and 4th, rejoining in 7th and 8th
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End of the day for ERI, who has pulled over at T15....
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VET has also pitted for the second time, but it appeared to be a slow stop for the German
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PER pits from P3, rejoining just behind ALO at the tail of the top 10
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Now MAS cruises past RIC for P8...
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BOT takes RIC at T1 to claim 7th, while RAI pits for a set of mediums
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BOT now right on RIC's tail, looking to Merc power to carry him back into 7th
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RIC finally finds a way past rai, and BOT is keen to follow the Red Bull through - completing the move at T11
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L31: HAM by 7.8s from ROS, PER, HUL, BUT, VET, RAI, RIC, BOT, MAS, ALO, MAL, MAG, KVY, GRO, KOB, GUT, ERI, CHI, BIA
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The Williams was closing rapidly on the Ferrario when RAI braked, having already passed RIC for P8
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BOT takes to the grass at T1 as the RAI-RIC battle catches him out...
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The German is on the medium compound and conceding a couple of tenths a lap to HAM
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ROS being told the comparative pace of the two tyre compounds is closer than expected.... which will affect strategy one way or another
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RAI may have survived RIC's attack, but he can't shake the Aussie.....
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... the pair rejoin in P10 and P11, with ALO having swapped to the mediums
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MAS pits from P5 and ALO pits from P8
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MAS looks to retaliate as HUL runs wide, by the German holds on to P4
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PER, meanwhile, makes a move stick on MAS to take P3, while HUL follows through at t10
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RIC locks up big time as he brakes behind RAI for T1... contact avoided
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The Mercedes are lapping in the 1min 40s - the rest in the 1min 42s.... the gap to MAS is now 19.6s
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BUT reports that his DRS is no longer working - not a good omen for his 250th race
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HAM, meanwhile, is gradually extending his advantage over ROS - now up to 6.8s after 26 laps
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This three-way scrap is for the final podium position remember
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The Force India scrap has at least allowed MAS some breathing room..... as HUL complains of being forced off the road
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HUL puts two wheels off the road looking for a way past MAS, but being rebuffed only allows PER to snatch P4 from his team-mate
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.... and the Finn peels off, leaving MAS still at the mercy of both Force Indias
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BOT demands to pit for fresh rubber... which will be welcomed by MAS
16:46
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How can Williams impose team orders this weekend after apologising for them last time?
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Wow... the two Williams go wheel to wheel in the battle for 3rd... with HUL waiting to pick up the pieces
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VET meanwhile, passes RAI for P9
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HAM's lead is currenty 5.6s ahead of ROS, with BOT a simiular distance behind P2
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MAS suggests BOT may have tyre problem..... is the veteran asking for his team-mate to be moved aside?
16:43
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While MAS has been catching team-mate BOT, the two Force Indias have been homing on the back of the Brazilian
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ROS told he is facing a long stint on the mediums, as his side of the Mercedes garage hopes strategy will undo HAM
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HAM has retaken the lead while his team-mate stopped
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ROS pits from the lead, taking on mediums - HAM took on another set of softs
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BUT though passes RAI at T1, taking P8 from the Ferrari
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L20: ROS, HAM, BOT, MAS, HUL, PER, ALO, RAI, BUT, VET, KVY, MAL, RIC, MAG, GRO, GUT, CHI, ERI, KOB, VER, BIA
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HUL and PER both cruise by ALO for 5th adn 6th
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It's a quick stop and the Briton rejoins in P2... while ROS is told to push hard
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HAM, meanwhile, peels off into the pits
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VET, on soft tyres, sets the fastest lap of the race...
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The pair go side by side through the next few turns and HAM retakes the leads!
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L19 and ROS tries again, taking to the inside this time... HAM locks up and the polesitter is through
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They were close at T1, but HAM is entitled to defend - even from his team-mate
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ROS doesnt sound too happy with his team-mate's defence....
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Neitehr Mercedes has stopped yet remember
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ROS is close enough to take a look at the lead, but HAM resists
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ROS has closed to within 0.5s of HAM, but the leaders now have 24s over the rest....
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PER is in and out at Force India, rejoining behind his team-mate
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VET reports that his rears have given up the ghost - thats quicker than some of those on softs....
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Even locking up can't stop HUL from taking KVY too
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The German is stuck behind RAI and KVY but despatches the Finn into T8
16:30
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HUL pits from P5 and rejoins behind the Red Bulls and more in 13th
16:29
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RIC report sthat he is losing time behind VET - the champion is told his team-mate 'is faster than you'
16:29
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The stewards will look at the incident between SUT and BIA - the German faces becoming a repeat visitor to the officials after a quali penalty
16:28
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MAS pitted from P4 but rejoins back in p11, behind team-mate BOT
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The world champion has team-mate RIC on his tail - and the Aussie still has DRS!
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VET, who hasn't stopped after starting on the mediums, reports that his DRS is no longer functioning
16:27
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RAI, meanwhile, pitted while all that was going on - and rejoined having to pick his way through the debris
16:27
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The Marussia has damage to its left rear contact after secondary contact
16:26
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Race over for SUT, who pulls off onto a rare patch of grass close to T1 following contact with BIA
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... but the move does't work as ALO rejoins in 16th
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The Scuderia opts to pit ALO first however, keen to cover BOT
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VET is closing on RAI, the Ferrari man having reported a flat spot on his front tyres
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MAS having to defend P3 from PER, but he can't resist the Mexican.... Force India on a charge
16:23
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...sorry make that P10 for RIC
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but RIC changes that by finally passing a tyre-troubled MAG for P11
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L10: HAM, ROS, MAS, PER, BUT, HUL, ALO, RAI, VET, MAG, RIC
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The Finn drops to P16, between the Caterhams, while BIA heads into the pits
16:21
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BOT and KVY now take the opportunity to pit for fresh rubber
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VER looks set to be lapped very soon... the Mercs are homing in on the Frenchman, who pitted early
16:20
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BUT passes BOT for P5... and HUL follows the McLaren through - is BOT in trouble?
16:19
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Nine laps down and HAM and ROS are split by 1.5s.... MAS meanwhile, is 9s off the lead
16:19
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KVY takes a look at the recovering RIC, but the Aussie survives
16:18
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RIC runs wide at T1 after trying to pass MAG for P11
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SUT the first to pit, swapping his mediums for a set of softs
16:16
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Three stops is supposedly the ideal way to go racing here, but are teams planning to run to two stops?
16:15
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Mercedes,meanwhile, confirms to ROS that he is running different gameplan to HAM
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VET does not appear to be suffering too much from his choice to start on the medium tyre
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L5: HAM by 1.4s from ROS, MAS, PER, BOT, BUT, HUL, ALO, RAI, VET, MAG, RIC, KVY, GUT, MAL, GRO, BIA, KOB, ERI, SUT, CHI, VER
16:13
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ALO reporting a lack of power... the Ferrari was blitzed by HUL's Force India as the German claimed P7
16:11
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MAG and RAI made contact again on lap 1... the Finn seems to have escaped a puncture this time
16:08
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ERI and GRO looking feisty at the back, trading places in 17th and 18th
16:07
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VER, in the pits, calls his assailant 'absolutely mental' - suspicion falls on MAL
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MAS made up four spots at the start, HUL gained 3, while RAI lost 4....
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L1: HAM by 1secs from ROS, MAS, PER, BOT, BUT, ALO, HUL, RAI, VET
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Toro Rosso suffers contact with both cars - VER is limping back to the pits
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Both Force Indias have locked up heavily on this opening lap
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HAM and ROS still duelling, but HAM holds on again
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MAS jumps into P3 ahead of BOT
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and its HAM who leads out of T1
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Gooooo..... and ROS and HAM go neck and enck
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Last cars just rolling into place....
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HAM allowing ROS to roll up to pole alone.... backing up the pack
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Cars just completing the formation lap, BIC looks resplendent under its 495 lights....
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PER slow away on the formation lap, but he gets going before the whole grid has passed him so he can retake his 4th place
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SUT also starting on mediums, but he has less to lose coming from 22nd on the grid
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SUT also starting on mediums, but he has less to lose coming from 22nd on the grid
15:59
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Pirelli suggests VET may be starting on the mediums.... most others will be opting for the softs
15:55
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No chance of rain this evening according to forecasts, so that leaves tyre choice a straight one between Pirelli's medium and soft compounds
15:53
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Vettel and Ricciardo aside, Alonso is 9th and Nico Hulkenberg 11th.... so the midfield battle should be worth watching
15:51
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Behind the two Mercedes of course? Can anyone - or anything - stop Rosberg and Hamilton taking another 1-2?
15:50
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With so many big names seemingly out of position on the grid, will the result be an unexpected one?
15:46
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Insists that most of the complaints come from teams being uncompetitive....
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Says noise issue can be addressed, but that the sport is heading in a direction which is good for the world as a whole...
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With all the politics swirling around BIC this weekend, Ron Dennis tells TV that people need to stop whinging....
15:40
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Temperatures are hovering around the 25-degree mark, but dropping along with the sun....
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Adrian Sutil, still determined to race without a water bottle, will start from the back after picking up a blocking penalty...
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Kimi Raikkonen and Button line up 5th and 6th, with Felipe Massa, Kevin Magnussen, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel completing the top ten
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...which means that Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez make up an unusual second row pairing
15:36
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Daniel Ricciardo posted the third quickest time in qualifying, but takes a ten-place penalty from Malaysia to start from 13th....
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Despite both making errors on their final runs, the Mercedes duo maintained their dominance of the timesheets this weekend
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The German, of course, starts his landmark race from pole position after seeing of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying
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This is the 900th grand prix, Jenson Button's 250th and Nico Rosberg's 150th....
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As the sun goes down in Bahrain, cars are beginning to leave the pits and head to the grid
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Welcome back to Bahrain.... just 30mins to go to round three of the 2014 F1 world championship
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Until then, however, it's good bye from BIC. Thanks for joining us today and we hope you'll be back for more on raceday...
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The Aussie's drop will promote Red Bull team-mate VET back into the top 10, but the way appears clear for an unusual order in the top ten on Sunday
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So thats that... a Mercedes front row with BOT and PER on row two after the unfortunate RIC takes his penalty
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HAM suffered a massive lock up into T1 and ran wide into the run-off, letting ROS off after the German made a couple of more minor errors
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Final order: ROS, HAM, RIC (pending penalty), BOT, PER, RAI, BUT, MAS, MAG, ALO
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BUT only 7th, but better than ALO in 9th
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RIC curtrently P3 prior to his penalty
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ROS and HAM both on scruffy runs too, so pole looks set to be the German's
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...the Finn goes 5th
16:59
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RAI's lap looking a little ragged....
16:58
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Soft tyres going on all round... this set will have to be handed back at the end of Q3...
16:57
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RAI is first to emerge in what is expected to be the final shoot-out
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BUT goes 6th on his first run, leaving the initial order ROS, HAM, BOT, PER, MAS, BUT, RIC, MAG, ALO - with RAI yet to run
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and HAM can only manage P2, three-tenths down on the pole time
16:53
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ROS then shows them that Mercedes is still boss, clocking 1m 33.185s
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before PER splits the two Williams
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and MAS slots in behind his team-mate
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BOT sets the early pace at 1m 34.247s
16:52
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All bar RAI now on track...
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PER also joins the session for Force India, as more and more take to the track
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BOT blinks first.... with MAS just behind him
16:48
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Not exactly a rush to go out though...
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And Q3 is go....
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Quick breather before the final session, although the mechanics remain hard at work for those moving into Q3
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...although of course, RIC carries a penalty that means he can't take pole - and can anyone really deny Mercedes the front row?
16:41
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Those moving forward to battle over pole (yes, really) are ROS, HAM, RIC, BUT, ALO, PER, BOT, MAS, MAG and RAI...
16:41
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VET, HUL, KVY, VER, GUT and GRO miss the cut
16:40
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VET complaining about bad downshifts... misses Q3 for the second time this season
16:40
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HUL is only 12th tho - he'll be upset with that after practice
16:39
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The Mexican is back in the top ten, but that's bad news for VET
16:39
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HUL now in danger zone with VET 10th.... PER also needs to improve
16:39
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BOT moves up to P6 and MAS to P7
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VET goes P8 on his first run
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Everyone bar Mercedss on track now....
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Soft tyres all round....
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...as do HUL and RAI - still some concern over places at the foot of the top ten
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MAS, PER and BOT join the world champion on track
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VET, however, decides to take advantage of the empty track.... coming out for his first lap of Q2
16:35
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No-one on track right now as BUT returns to pit-lane, so the order is ROS, HAM, RIC, BUT, ALO, MAG, RAI, HUL, KVY and MAS
16:34
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6min remaining and those in danger are PER, BOT, VER, GUT, VET and GRO
16:33
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The Brit puts that right with P4 in 1m 34.714s
16:33
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Halway through the session and no times for VET, BUT or GRo
16:32
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ROS now goes top of the shop, beating HAM with a lap on 1m 33.708s
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RIC slots into p2 ahead of ALO
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although that is quick;ly blitzed by HAM's 1m 33.872s effort
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Now RAI takes over at the top on 1m 34.925s
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but is usurped by HUL, who clocks 1m 35.682s in the Force India
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BOT the first to set a time, leading with a 1m 36.070s
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Drivers progressing to the pole position shoot-out will start the race on the tyres they use to set their time in this session
16:28
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Ten to go through this time... 15mins to settle the order from 11-16
16:27
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Amazingly, BOT is first out this time....
16:25
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Pit-lane now open for Q2....
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Post Q1 incident between SUT and MAL to be investigated by stewards
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HUL and BOT top the times ahead of PER, MAS and RAI
16:19
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GRO stages a late escape, demoting Lotus team-mate MAL into the bottom 6, along with SUT, KOB, BIA, ERI and CHI
16:19
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SUT, having been in the top 5 minutes ago is out of qualifying at the first hurdle
16:18
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BIA up to 16th, briefly, but the order is still shuffling
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The flag is out, so who's missing out?
16:17
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VER escapes to P9, and RAI to P5, MAG and KOB drop into the bottom 6
16:17
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Everyone except the Mercedes drivers on track
16:16
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RAI and BIA drop into the bottom six as Williams jumps up the order
16:16
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Except PER reclaims P3 almost immediately
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But it doesnt last as HUL goes P1 on 1m 34.874s... MAS good enough only for P3
16:15
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It's P1 for BOT.... 1m 34.934s
16:14
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BOT up on the split times through S1... where will he wind up?
16:12
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6mins left on the clock and those in the danger zone are VER, CHI, MAL, ERI, BOT and MAS
16:11
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Underlining that move, team-mate GUT goes P3....
16:11
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SUT vaults into P5 for Sauber, which has struggled this weekend
16:10
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As is customary at BIC, Williams has yet to complete a lap... altho both MAS and BOT are strapped in
16:09
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VET, after failing to complete a quali sim in FP3, is only good for 7th fastest.... nearly 2secs off the pace
16:08
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ROS goes to P1, but loses out to team-mate HAM, who claims top spot in 1m 35.323s
16:07
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ALO goes second for Ferrari, less than a tenth off RIC
16:07
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Big lock up for ERI in the Caterham
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And the Aussie goes P1 with a 1m 36.676s effort
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RIC on a flier at the moment, but carries a 10-place grid penalty from Malaysia
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GRO and KVY also squeeze in ahead of PER
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....only to be toppled by Force India team-mate HUL, who goes a full second quicker at 1m 36.883s
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..but is quickly overhauled by PER, who posts 1m 37.953s
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GUT records a 1m 38.521s opening salvo
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It's a little warmer than it was in FP2 on Friday, and still breezy....
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GUT is straight into a flying lap, with five other cars on track
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Caterham, Marussia probably, but will Sauber join them this weekend?
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18mins to weed out the weakest six runners, but who will be down at the bottom of the list?
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GUT is the first to venture out into the floodlit desert....
15:56
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The Briton has also been on pole for each of the season's two races, so is chasing a hat-trick this weekend
15:56
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...but can anyone stop Lewis Hamilton who has topped every session so far this weekend
15:55
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The floodlights are on again at BIC as the teams prepare for the hour-long qualifying session....
15:54
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Welcome back to the Bahrain International Circuit... there are just over five minutes remaining before qualifying gets underway...
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A good session for Mercedes powered runners then.... will it carry over to qualifying? Join us in a couple of hours to find out...
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The top of the order remains HAM, ROS, PER, BOT, MAS, BUT, ALO, HUL, KVY and RAI... VET's slip-up, meanwhile, leaves him 21st overall
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The chequered flag is out.... just a few cars to complete laps and end the session
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...and MAS rounds out the top five for Williams
13:57
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BOT replaces BUT in P4...
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...with the possible exception of the top two spots of course, especially as HAM and ROS are back in the garage
13:56
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Now BUT takes 4th from ALO.... the order is going to keep changing in the final 5mins
13:55
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RAI moves back into the top five for Ferrari, only to be bumped again by team-mate ALO
13:52
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No he can't, but the lap is good enough to usurp Force India team-mate HUL for P3, and PER is just o.5s off HAM
13:51
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PER completes S1 faster than ROS did, but can he maintain the pace for a whole lap?
13:50
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HUL corects that by posting 1m 36.455s to take P3
13:50
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The Briton now leads the way on 1m 35.324s, with ROS a tenth behind and the rest still in the 1m 37s...
13:49
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...and return to see ROS bettewr his P1 time - only to be knocked off by team-mate HAM
13:48
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After a temporary blackout caused by issues with the world feed, those not at the circuit can finally see cars on track once more
13:46
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Teams fitting soft Pirellis now for a final blast before qualifying
13:44
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A bit of a lull in proceedings, with just a handful of cars on track
13:44
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15mins to go in FP3 and the order remains ROS, HAM, BOT, MAS and BUT.... BIA and CHI prop up the timesheets
13:40
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VET caught the kerb coming out of T2 and the car swapped ends on him.... he is human after all!
13:39
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Grim faces on the RBR pit perch
13:38
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And the world champion is off the road.... VET in the gravel at T3
13:36
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MAS, meanwhile, slides in behind his team-mate, taking P4 in 1m 38.134s
13:35
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BOT vaults straight into P3 with his first flying lap - despite a wobble exiting the final turn
13:34
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The team is running the engines it used in Malaysia... and they ran hot there, so preservation is the name of the game for BOT and MAS
13:33
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Both Williams drivers finally on track.....
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ROS, meanwhile, gathers himself and topples team-mate HAM from P1 - the new benchmark is 1m 37.252s
13:30
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Down at Williams, MAS and BOT have at least donned helmets and climbed aboard their cars....
13:29
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GRO continues to complain about a lack of grip
13:29
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The German is quickly usurped by BUT, however, as the McLaren man takes over p2
13:28
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HUL slots into P2, 0.9s off HAM but confirming Force India's form at BIC
13:27
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...and even further off the pace now, as Mercedes team-mate posts a 1m 37.340s to blitz the field
13:26
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The off restricts ROS to P10, some 2secs off KVY
13:26
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ROS runs wide at T11 as many have before him - the effects of the tailwind
13:25
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ROS heads into his first flying lap... something CHI, HAM, HUL, PER. BUT, MAS and BOT might be thiniing about
13:24
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As MAG goes fifth fastest with first flying lap by a Mercedes-powered runner, team-mate BUT prepares to leave the garage...
13:21
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VET also gets the better of RIC, slotting into 4th spot
13:21
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RAI goes second for Ferrari, just 0.3s off KVY, with team-mate ALO now P3
13:19
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As per day one, neither Williams has yet ventured out of the pits, and are joined o0n the 'yet to appear' list by Jenson Button
13:18
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STR team-mate VER slips into P3, sandwiching RIC
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Now KVY goes to the top of the pile, lapping in 1m 38.666s for Toro Rosso
13:17
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while GUT just misses the 1m 40s boat as he goes P2
13:17
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RIC ends the Lotus monopoly, putting his Red Bull into P1 with the first lap under 1min 40s
13:16
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A slightly wayward lap from KOB sees him complete the top five
13:15
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The Frenchman reports a lack of front grip, however....
13:14
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GRO makes it a Lotus 1-2 at the top of the times, slotting in behind team-mate MAL
13:14
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ERI, meanwhile, is complaining of having less power than he had on day one
13:13
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MAL on track.... and goes to P1 with 1m 41.275s
13:12
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ERI topples SUT from P1, posting a 1m 42.360s in his Caterham
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10mins down and very quiet in terms of lap times - still only SUT with a mark to his name
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SUT the first to set a time, at 1m 44.515s a long way off Friday pace
13:01
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Medium compound seems to be the order of the day so far..... much as it was in FP1
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...and its Maldonado who has the honour of being first out in FP3
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Slight changes to the track overnight, with a kerb at T4 being removed following Pastor Maldonado's flight under the lights in FP2
12:56
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The breeze brings a headwind into T1, while temperatures are up a little on Friday
12:55
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There is still a stiff breeze blowing across the circuit, but teams will want to maximise the last session before qualifying
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No need for the floodlights in FP3... sun is still well and truly out over BIC
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Welcome back to Bahrain International Circuit, where FP3 is about to get underway
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Thanks for joining us at BIC today, and we look forward to your company ahead of FP3 tomorrow...
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HAM, ROS, ALO, RIC and MAS make up the top 5, with BUT, VET, KVY, MAG and PER next up...
17:30
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The chequered flag is out, and it looks like another Mercedes 1-2 to end the opening day in Bahrain
17:28
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BOT meanwhile has moved up to P11 in his Williams, has done just 8 laps while most others are in 20s or 30s
17:27
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HAM, ROS, BUT and MAG amongst those in the pits with 3mins remaining... day done for them
17:25
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SUT preparing to go back out now that Sauber has had a chance to work on his car after it was returned to the pits...
17:24
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If anyone was hoping to post a late improvement to their times, the yellows for ERI are not going to help
17:24
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The Caterham is parked on the back straight out of turn 10
17:23
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ERI has stopped on track with 6mins remaining in session
17:19
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MAS jumps into the top 5 as Williams works through its truncated session... 1m 35.442s for the Brazilian
17:13
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Into the final 15mins of track action on day one, and there's little change to the order as race runs continue to dominate
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BOT completes first timed laps and moves from P22 to P17
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MAS moves to P13 for Williams, BOT has done an installation lap
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Into the last 30mins of practice and its still HAM, ROS, ALO, RIC and BUT in the top five - but fast laps not the focus right now
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SUT's exit not as dramatic as CHI's - he just pulled over and parked up
16:57
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SUT has also stopped out on track...
16:56
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Back at Williams, MAS now has 2 laps to his name, but BOT has yet to venture out
16:54
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CHI locked up and spun across the corner - something appeared to have blown off the car's front right, but driver reports power loss
16:53
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CHI has stopped out on track, the Marussia is stranded on the outside of T4
16:53
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Majority of teams are now working on race simulations... hence the lack of improvement in lap times
16:52
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MAS also in the cockpit for the first time this evening... Williams ready to roll at last
16:46
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Action at Williams as BOT climbs aboard for the first time in FP2
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The current world champion goes sixth fastest on softs, VET posting a 1m 35.606s lap for Red Bull
16:45
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The day began with promising news from the Schumacher camp as the seven-time champ continues to battle the effects of his skiing accident
16:44
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TV pictures showing message of support for Michael Schumacher down at T1, the corner that now bears his name
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MAL goes for a brief flight over the kerbs, knocking bits off his Lotus...
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RIC returns to the top 4, lapping in 1m 35.433s in his Red Bull
16:41
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Halfway through FP2 and it's HAM from ROS, ALO, BUT and KVY... the top five split by 1.3secs
16:38
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With 40mins gone in FP2, MAS and BOT still not ventured out... MAS barely ran in FP1, but the team insists there is no issue...
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Based on his best lap on the mediums, the soft is about 2secs faster
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HAM out on softs.... and goes back to P1 with a 1m 34.325s lap
16:34
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Marussia appearing higher up the order, with BIA jumping to P9 after CHI also popped into the top ten
16:33
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That's fully 1.2secs clear of PER....
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Now ROS hits P1 on softs... clocking 1m 34.690s for Mercedes
16:33
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GRO reports an engine misfire on the Renault unit in his Lotus
16:32
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Indeed, PER goes straight to P1, with a 1m 35.802s effort
16:31
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More and more drivers switching to the yellow-ringed rubber now... times should improve even as temperatures fall
16:29
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GRO bolts on a set of the soft Pirellis and vaults up to P7 in his Lotus
16:27
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Most laps so far in the first 30mins goes to KOB, who is just into double figures
16:23
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and whatever VET can do, RIC can match, the Aussie moving to P3, 0.042s ahead of ALO
16:22
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VET jumps into P4, neatly sitting between ALO and HUL
16:21
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Just the two Mercedes under 1m 37s so far, altho ALO isn't far off joining them
16:20
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Stewards confirm that the ROS-PER incident will be looked at after the end of the session - possible penalty for ROS?
16:17
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Red Bull claiming another fuel flow sensor has failed.... is it only them being affected? Or only them reporting issues?
16:16
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ROS reporting excessive understeer... would explain his lock-up and off at T10
16:15
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Now ROS takes second spot behind HAM, just over a tenth off his team-mate's pace
16:14
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ALO takes P2 for Ferrari - the Scuderia is hoping to overhaul Red Bull in this weekend's 'special conditions'
16:13
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The Mercedes man is 1.4secs quicker than the previous target!
16:12
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That would quickly have become P£, however, as HAM goes straight to the top of the pile
16:12
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Force India data suggests that PER could have moved up to P2 had ROS not caused him a moment
16:11
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PER has to jink around ROS on his next lap.... was ROS aware of the Force India?
16:10
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RAI and PER push themselves between the McLarens and KVY to take P3 and P4 respectively
16:09
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MAG's lap lowers the benchmark to 1m 37.973s
16:08
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BUT had earlier survived a narrow moment with ERI and GRO....
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BUT goes top of the pile... only to be replaced by McLaren team-mate MAG
16:07
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The Russian reports a problem with his downshift however - claiming car is now 'unbelievably harsh'
16:06
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KVY now goes to P1, lowering the target to 1m 38.974s
16:05
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ERI and GRO can't match the German however...
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The Sauber is a couple of seconds off thst, SUT posting a 1m 39.438s to open FP2
16:04
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SUT goes straight into a timed lap.... HAM's pace from FP1 was 1m 37.502s
16:02
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ERI, GRO, KVY, GUT, KOB and BIA next to venture out....
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Adrian Sutil first on track for Sauber, but the rest of the pit-lane is prepared to wait...
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Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat reminded that temperatures have falled significantly since the end of FP1
15:59
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Bahrain International Circuit looks spectacular under the lights.... amazing setting enhanced even further
15:55
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We're back to the usual complement of 22 drivers for FP2, with Esteban Gutierrez, Kamui Kobayashi and Valtteri Bottas in action
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Expect more action in FP2 given that conditions are more representative of the key parts of the weekend
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Lewis Hamilton set the pace in FP1, just ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, but running was limited...
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The sun is still out in Sakhir, but it gets dark quite quickly so the new floodlights will be called into use
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As Bahrain  is hosting a night race this season, FP2 will run into the evening, starting at 6pm local time
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Welcome back to Bahrain, where there are around 10mins to go before FP2 gets underway....
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We'll be back here in roughly two and a half hours in time for FP2... Until then.....
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Full times will appear on Crash.net shortly along with a report
13:31
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And that's the chequered flag, with HAm leading the way on 1m 37.502s at the head of a Mercedes 1-2...
13:31
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PER stopped at the end of pit-lane - looks like Force India mis-timed the end of the session....
13:27
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3mins to go and HAM still leads from ROS, ALO, HUL and BUT - can anyone go faster than the Mercedes?
13:22
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and now HAM re-establishes himself as the fastest man on track, posting 1m 37.502s to reclaim P1
13:22
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Times are still around 4.5s off pre-season test pace... but there are a lot of possible reasons for that!
13:21
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but ROS responds by putting Mercedes back on top - 1m 37.733s for the German
13:20
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HUL moves into P2 for Force India
13:18
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The final 10mins of the session look set to be busy as more and more drivers get back into the cockpit
13:17
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The Mercedes pair look set to respond - both HAM and ROS buckling up
13:16
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RAI takes to the run-off at T1 after a car emerges from the pits... a big lock up for the Finn
13:15
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The benchmark time is now 1m 37.953s - about half a second lower than HAM's best
13:15
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Team-mate ALO, however, goes better still, vaulting into P1 despite having to hang on to his F14-T
13:13
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...and is rewarded with a return to the top five after improving to 1m 38.783s
13:12
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Big slide for RAI, but the Finn holds it and presses on in the Ferrari
13:01
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Williams clearly has a handle on BIC, so could have been preserving its equipment for later in the weekend
13:00
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MAS completes his first flying lap of the weekend and goes 9th on 1m 39.533s
12:58
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MAS out on track at last... he has 32mins left before the chequered flag appears
12:57
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Sebastian Vettel quietly working his way up the order, now into P9 for Red Bull
12:53
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...and the Dane slots into 5th spot right behind his team-mate
12:52
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On the other side of the McLaren garage, MAG is back on track after his brake issue
12:51
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...and is promptly usurped by BUT
12:51
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KVY meanwhile has taken advantage of the empty track to move ahead of RAI into P4
12:50
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It appears to be a tyre issue.... the Ferrari has 3 medium Pirellis and 1 soft!!!
12:49
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ALO stops in pit-lane and is being pushed back by his engineers
12:49
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HAM and ROS only have 7 laps to their name and the majority are around the same... so perhaps it is tactical
12:49
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Are Williams in trouble with MAS car, or are they waiting for the cooler conditions of FP2 given the weekend programme?
12:48
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The Brazilian has one lap to his name... while Pastor Maldonado and Frijns has 16 and 17 apiece
12:47
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Little change to the order as HAM and ROS continue to hold sway for Mercedes... and MAS continues to sit out the session
12:37
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The Swede has the track to himself at the moment, and continues to improive, now down to 1m 46.279s
12:35
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Ericsson now has a time on the board - a 1m 51.987s effort that leaves him 21st - but still noting from Massa
12:33
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... a there is already data in the banks for them to call on - although that won't stop them trying new developments today
12:33
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A brief lull in proceedings on track gives us the chance to remind you that all teams tested in Bahrain twice in pre-season
12:29
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One hour remainins and its HAM, ROS, HUL, RAI, KVY occupying the top five spots on the timesheets
12:26
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Only Ericsson and Felipe Massa have yet to set a time after nearly 30mins of the session
12:24
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Romain Grosjean, meanwhile, reports that he has 'no rear end' on his Lotus
12:23
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Kimi Raikkonen into P3 for Ferrari.... as Lewis Hamilton steals P1 by just over a tenth - 1m 38.395s for the Brit
12:23
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Nico Hulkenberg is on the Merc's tail but has to settle for second place, just over a tenth adrift of his namesake
12:22
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Rosberg's problems appear to have been sorted - the Mercedes is flying as it jumps to P1 with a 1m 38.508s effort
12:21
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Button jumps into P3, with Fernando Alonso slotting in behind him
12:21
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Nine driversa have now set times - including Rosberg - and the rest look like they're about to follow suit
12:20
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...only to be bumped by Force India's Sergio Perez
12:19
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... and STR team-mate Vergne slots in behind the Russian
12:19
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Now Daniil Kvyat spoils the party, putting his Toro Rosso on top of the pile with a 1min 39.453s lap
12:17
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Indeed they do - Nasr jumps into P1 with a 1min 41.311secs effort
12:16
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Nasr now on track for Williams - will the three new boys annex the top of the times?
12:15
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while vd Garde slots into second spot for Sauber....
12:14
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Frijns sets a 1m 45.483s lap to put Caterham on top
12:12
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Button meanwhile also pitted rather than setting a time
12:12
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Magnussen now reporting that the pedal 'has gone long' so definitely a problem with the brakes on his car
12:11
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Team-mate Kevin Magnussen reports his car is pulling to one side under braking - team tells his left side brake is hotter...
12:10
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The McLaren is running Gulf Air logos on its sidepods this weekend....
12:10
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Jenson Button heads into a flying lap.... will this be the first time of the day?
12:06
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Rosberg will be hoping that it's not too big an issue to fix his Mercedes - remember team-mate Lewis Hamilton missed the whole of FP1 in Melbourne
12:05
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The German is still moving, but slowly making his way back to the pits
12:04
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Nico Rosberg reporting loss of power on his Mercedes....
12:04
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Installation laps completed, the track gets a little quieter...
12:02
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Everyone ventures out at the first opportunity.....
12:00
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Marcus Ericsson and Jean Eric Vergne first on track
11:59
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A couple of unfamiliar faces taking part in FP1, with Felipe Nasr at Williams, Robin Frijns at Caterham  and Giedo vd Garde at Sauber
11:57
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While the sun is out and the circuit is dry, there's a typical breeze blowing through BIC ahead of the 90mins session
11:55
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The paddock has been buoyed by the news on Michael Schumacher's condition but now it's time for business
11:53
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First practice gets underway in a little under 10mins and, despite this being a night race, the sun is currently shining on Sakhir
11:52
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Welcome to the Bahrain International Circuit for the start of round three of the 2014 F1 season...

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