In the dry heat of Bahrain, Diego Nunes and Roldan Rodriguez posted the exact same lap time to set the pace in the final free practice session of the GP2 Asia Series.
Nunes and Rodriguez both managed to record 1min 44.290secs efforts as Piquet GP maintained the form it showed last time out in Malaysia, despite the Spaniard being stationed in the pit-lane for almost half of the session while his team tried to fix an ignition problem. Once repaired, he returned to the track and, within a matter of
two laps, had joined his Brazilian team-mate at the top of the timing sheet.
Towards the end of the session, however, Diego Nunes was sent back out on track with less than a minute on the clock, but failed to see the red light indicating that the pit-lane was closed. It remains to be seen whether any sanction will be applied to the Brazilian over the rest of the weekend.
Behind the Piquet duo, but five-tenths away, Luiz Razia emerged in third place at the wheel of his Arden car, ahead of Qi-Meritus' Alvaro Parente, while title contenders Davide Valsecchi and Kamui Kobayashi could hardly be separated in fifth and sixth for Durango and DAMS respectively.
In a largely trouble-free half-hour on track, Edoardo Mortara (Arden), Jérôme d'Ambrosio (DAMS), Sepang podium finisher James Jakes (Super Nova) and Marco Bonanomi - in the second Qi-Meritus car but headed for Euro F3000 this summer - rounded out the top ten. The other title contender, however, only managed two laps, as Vitaly Petrov stopped on track following an electrical problem on his Barwa machine.