After grabbing his first pole of the season in China last weekend Nico Rosberg has carried his blistering pace into the first two practice sessions of the controversial Bahrain Grand Prix.
Despite dropping nearly four-tenths of a second off of his best time Rosberg still came out of the practice session 0.147 seconds faster than nearest rival Sebastien Vettel. Mercedes team mate Michael Schumacher only managed fifth in the final practice session and although Schumacher was hot on the heels of fourth best Lewis Hamilton the pair were still over half a second off the pace.
It was obvious that Red Bull are starting to getthe best out of their cars with firstly Vettel second fastest behind Rosberg then Mark Webber 0.409 seconds behind the German speedster.
Jenson Button will be looking for a much better qualifying session only managing to set the sixth best time and Fernando Alonso has every right to be disappointed with placing a dismal tenth best time in the latest practice session.
The two Lotus drivers Kimi Raikonen and Romain Grosjean managed the seventh and ninth best lap times ahead of Ferrari’s championship contender and could well be one of the ‘cars to watch’ at this weekends race in trouble-stricken Bahrain.