Raikkonen Fastest in Bahrain
19 April 2013
Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen headed the Red Bulls and Fernando Alonso's Ferrari in second practice at the Bahrain GP. The Finn was 0.03 seconds clear of Red Bull's Mark Webber at the head of a tightly packed field, with the second Red Bull of world champion Sebastian Vettel third.
The race simulations runs later in the session suggested Ferrari and Lotus may be the strongest teams on Sunday, with the Red Bulls their main competition. Raikkonen was marginally faster than Massa, who was a similar distance ahead of Vettel when comparing their equivalent race-simulation runs on 'medium' tyres at the same time.
Alonso's pace on the 'hard' and 'medium' tyres on his race-simulation runs was extremely impressive, but he ran the tyres at different times from his rivals when the circuit would be in a different condition, so it is harder to draw conclusions.
Webber set the fastest time on the 'hard' tyre on a race run and Alonso the fastest on the 'medium', while Raikkonen did an impressively long run on the 'medium' to see how long it would last before it wore out.
BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson said: "I think the Lotus has got that little edge on Ferrari. They seem to be able to drive the car that little bit longer. But I think the battle at the front will be pretty heavy going. Red Bull are still in the mix, though."Full Article: bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/22219230