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Summary

  1. Rosberg fastest in second practice, Hamilton 2nd, Raikkonen 3rd
  2. Hamilton, Raikkonen, Vettel & Perez under investigation
  3. Vettel collides with Perez after brake failure
  4. Button breaks down for second time on Friday
  5. Hamilton and Maldonado go off track
  6. Raikkonen fastest in first practice

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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If it's the latter, be sure to join us again tomorrow for third free practice and qualifying. We're live on these here pages from 12:30 BST.

Andrew Benson's FP2 report is now live. We'll also keep you up to speed on any possible punishments for Hamilton or Raikkonen.

Bye for now, and thanks for your company today.

Final FP2 classification

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Lotus F1

Hamilton's pit lane transgression

Here's the moment Lewis Hamilton jumped the queue at the end of the red flag period.

Kimi Raikkonen had done likewise just moments earlier.

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EJ is on the box - and pearls do spout forth

"That kept us on the seats of our toes," says Eddie Jordan in summing up second practice.

Eddie Jordan
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Rosberg ends FP2 on top

So, even though he finished that session in the pits it is Nico Rosberg who ends FP2 on top with a best time of 1:34.647.

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton is second just a tenth back, with the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel third and fourth, half a second in arrears.

The rest of the top 10 is completed by Bottas, Ricciardo, Maldonado, Nasr, Kvyat and Massa.

Hamilton under investigation

Lewis Hamilton is under investigation for "failing to leave pit lane correctly" after that red-flag period.

Kimi Raikkonen will also be investigated for the same offence.

Replays show both men took a few liberties exiting the pit lane, passing stationary cars ahead.

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Chequered flag

One minute to go

Rosberg leads but he's in pits.

Can anyone unseat him?

Mercedes team radio

Engineer to Nico Rosberg: Nico, box, box, box, we see something we don't like on the telemetry.

Green light

Lewis Hamilton among the cars heading straight out. What can the Mercedes man do in the last five minutes?

Vettel-Perez to be investigated

The stewards' office has confirmed it will investigate that tangle between Vettel and Perez at the end of FP2.

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Ferrari team radio

Sebastian Vettel: "I had a failure - a brake failure - and then Perez took my wing off. Unbelivable."

Sebastian Vettel
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Red flag

Damage to Vettel's Ferrari

The German reports a braking problem having just left the pits, and as he limps into the first turn the Force India of Sergio Perez sweeps across him, damaging his front wing and leaving debris on track.

Sebastian Vettel
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Get involved - #F1rivalries

Prathap Krishnan: The one I miss most from recent times is Alonso and Webber. Good, hard, clean racing... highly understated too.

Ross Arnold: Schumacher and Hakkinen for me, great drivers, great rivalry, great respect.

Sam Leaver: It HAS to be Senna v Prost. Out-and-out class v political mastermind.

Flow-viz in Bahrain

No, not a hip-hop act, but rather a solution which help teams track the behaviour of airflow across a car's bodywork.

It's normally used in pre-season. The fact it's smeared on the McLaren at the fourth race of the campaign perhaps gives some indication of the trouble the team is in.

Fernando Alonso
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Keep on running

As Mercedes have indicated below, long runs are very much the order at the moment - both on the soft and medium tyre.

The soft tyre is proving substantially quicker than the medium in the Bahrain heat and the teams will want to spend as much time as possible on the softer rubber come Sunday.

Tyre management the key to victory? Where have we heard that before?

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Mercedes on Twitter: Lots of long runs underway now. ROS on Option on his 10th lap, likewise HAM on Prime. Getting deep into it here at #BahrainGP

Top 10 rundown

1. Rosberg, 2. Hamilton, 3. Raikkonen, 4. Vettel, 5. Bottas, 6. Ricciardo, 7. Maldonado, 8. Nasr, 9. Kvyat, 10. Massa.

Use the run off, Pastor

That random Star Wars reference of a few moments ago reminds me of an amusing tweet doing the rounds today, in which some wag has taken a still from the new Force Unleashed film and mashed it up with our favourite Venezuelan F1 pilot.

Maldonado
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Mercedes team radio

Lewis Hamilton: "Rears are sliding around."

'Anomaly in the engine data' stopped Button

Tom Clarkson

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

"Poor Jenson Button. (McLaren) noticed an anomaly in the engine data so they asked him to stop the car. At least they could be proactive in the stoppage, whereas this morning the engine just cut out."

Happy to report that Button's car is fixed again and he's just completed a quick recce lap. In the words of Han Solo: "Baby, hold together."

McLaren on Twitter: 35 minutes of FP2 to go: Ron is in the house. #BahrainGP #DontMessWithRon

Ron Dennis
McLaren

Certainly not today anyway...

Williams on Twitter: Just because Frank's turned 73 doesn't mean he's out of touch!

Frank WIlliams
Williams

Sir Frank celebrated his birthday on Thursday. Truly one of F1's legendary figures.

Manor F1 on Twitter: Will I am sets sail on Yellow rubber.

Manor
Manor F1

That's soft tyres to you and me. Will Stevens is currently 18th, 4.4secs off the ultimate pace. The team is well on target to be inside 107% of pole in qualifying.

Maldonano shows strong pace

Pastor Maldonado
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Both Lotus drivers have been a bit lairy in this session, but there's pace in that car.

Pastor Maldonado has done an impressive lap just 0.8s off the best time of Nico Rosberg - and within two tenths of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

Coverage - extra streams

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Don't forget we have extra camera streams available across all sessions this weekend, including Pitlane feed, Driver tracker, On board, Timings screen and alternative commentary.

Mercedes one-two with 50 minutes left

With their initial soft-tyre runs done it's no surprise to report the Mercedes are now top of the order.

Nico Rosberg has the benchmark time with a 1:34.647. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton is second, just over a tenth back.

Next up is the two Ferraris - half a second further back on the same tyre - followed by the Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson.

Worrying times for Force India

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"For Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, the start of this season has been a struggle, and there is no quick end in sight. The team, already on the back foot after introducing their new car with only two days of testing before the start of the season, delivered the bad news last month that a major upgrade package due initially for the next race in Spain will not now appear until Austria in late June at the earliest.

"Not good news for a team already struggling to stay ahead of the McLaren-Hondas - which will surely improve much more quickly - at the back, with only Manor behind.

Sergio Perez & Nico Hulkenberg
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"'It's actually quite a difficult situation,' Hulkenberg said. 'We are going to have to wait some time for improvements, so it is a hard time. It's never been like this in my career before. Of course I'm not where I want to be, but you also have to put things in perspective. There are many drivers who have been in this situation, so how unprofessional would it be if, after one month of the nine, you stick your head in the sand after three races?'

"It's all quite a change from 12 months ago, when Perez finished on the podium in Bahrain. The Mexican admitted there was no hope of a repeat of that, but he did say the team could realistically hope to score some points."

Get involved - #F1rivalries

Sam Payne: No rivalry better than Schumi and Hakkinen. Especially in 1998 and 2000. That overtake at spa still the best ever.

Martin Jones: World champion Alan Jones and Williams teammate Carlos Reutemann were hardly besties in the early 80s! No love lost there!

Ryan Nurse: Bit of an unconventional one: Perry McCarthy vs. Andrea Sassetti, whose team he drove for in '92. The guy HATED him.

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Post-F1, Perry McCarthy became the original, black-clad Stig on Top Gear

Ferrari team radio

Sebastian Vettel: "It was a good lap until the last corner - I messed up."

Soft tyres are on

Right, times are coming down now after Ferrari bolted on the quicker soft tyres.

Mercedes have done likewise.

The current order is Raikkonen, Vettel, Ericsson, Hamilton, Hulkenberg.

Bahrain International Circuit by night

You can see why they made this a night race...

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Lotus on Twitter: Hello birthday boy!

grosjean
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I offer this post with no comment

Pastor Maldonado has just run wide through the final corner.

Get involved - your F1 Rewind reaction, #bbcf1

Steven Hayhurst: Amazing to see all the abandoned cars at the side of the track in Adelaide #nosafetycar

Rich Atkinson: F1 was so much sexier in the '70s!

J: I'm supposed to be working!

Mercedes team radio

Nico Rosberg: "I need to change the brightness on my... oh wait I'll do it myself."

Monitor problems for Rosberg. How Button would kill for something as trifling right now.

Button out again!

More woe for JB. His McLaren has ground to a halt - just as it did in FP1!

He looks like a seriously unhappy camper as he extracts himself from the car, which rolls backwards away from him in one final act of petulance.

Jenson Button
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Jenson Button
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Hamilton quickest - and pushing too hard

After a low-key session this morning, Lewis Hamilton has taken the Mercedes to the top of the order early in FP2.

A lap of 1:36.759 has him one tenth clear of Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari.

He's just overcooked it into turn one, running well off track, but he recovers and continues.

Button being readied to go out

Jenson Button
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Good news for Jenson Button.

A battery problem has kept him sidelined since the opening minutes of FP1 and a lengthy repair job has just been completed by the boys and girls at McLaren.

As BBC pit lane reporter Tom Clarkson rightly points out, if Button had to choose a session to miss this season, it would have been FP1 in Bahrain - 90 minutes of track time that bear absolutely no relevance, temperature-wise, to what will play out in the race.