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Summary

  1. FP2 standings: Vettel fastest; Bottas 2nd, Ricciardo 3rd; Hamilton 5th
  2. Vettel suffers problems with his Ferrari
  3. Vettel fastest in first practice; Hamilton 10th
  4. GET INVOLVED #bbcf1

Live Reporting

By Libby Dawes

All times stated are UK

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Good evening...

Well that's all from us from Bahrain for today - we will be back tomorrow for final practice from 12:25 followed by Qualifying from  around 14:00 BST... 

You can read Andrew Benson's FP2 report here. 

Have a fabulous Good Friday evening all!

Bring on the chocolate and bring on what should be a thrilling Saturday at the Sakhir Circuit...

I think we can assume the incident in question was the moment Hamilton went on team radio to say "These drivers are just so dangerous, man..."

Likely to be a penalty from race director, Charlie Whiting for Nico Hulkenberg.

'We can do better'

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel: I think Mercedes looked stronger earlier today but we were just lucky to recover after our issue. Overall I think we did okay but we can do better. 

We had some sort of glitch - all of a sudden everything went dark. Thankfully there was no lasting damage and we can fix it. Nowadays cars are not just cars - it's technology and software so it seems like something went wrong there. 

Sebastian Vettel
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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is speaking to Sky Sports about the incident regarding Verstappen running over Valtteri Bottas' t-wing, causing them to have to change the floor of his car: 

"Ban them. Get rid of them. People think it's just sour grapes because we aren't running one but actually they are dangerous and they need looking at". 

So after that session, the general consensus is that tomorrow's qualifying and Sunday's race are going to be bloomin' exciting... 

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'Jolly': Qualifying prediction: 1st: Bottas 👍 2nd: Vettel 3rd: Hamilton 

'Raikkonen has a good record in Bahrain'

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

There will be concerns over Ferrari's reliability. The encouraging news for them is that on those couple of laps in FP2 Kimi Raikkonen was able to better Lewis Hamilton's times. Raikkonen also has a good record here.

Kimi Raikkonen
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1 VET  - 1:31:310

2 BOT  +0.41

3 RIC  +0.066

4 RAI  +0.168

5 HAM  +0.284

6 HUL  +0.573

7 MAS  +0.769

8 VER  +0.935

9 GRO +1.195

10 KVY  +1.397

Wolff dismisses Hamilton position concerns

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff on BBC Radio 5 live being asked about the competitive practice times and Lewis Hamilton being fifth quickest:

"[On a tight top three] That's how it should be. [Regarding Hamilton] It's Friday. Tomorrow the lap time counts. On Sunday we'll score the points. Lewis has some traffic and aborted the first two attempts." 

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And that's that... 

Here are the times for the second practice session here in Bahrain. 

Into the last minute... 

As we draw to the end of the session, let's get some qualifying predictions then? 

Pole, P2 and P3 please.

Use #bbcf1 or text to 81111...

'Verstappen is quickest on super softs'

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Bahrain

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are on the same tyres but Hamilton is significantly quicker. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is within a tenth of second of Hamilton.

His team-mate Max Verstappen is quicker than anybody on super softs.

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"Okay we are just *messing* around in traffic" is the message from Sebastian Vettel... 

He didn't say "messing". 

He is coming up right behind Valtteri Bottas here - anyone going to tell him they aren't racing here? 

Ten minutes left... 

Daniel Ricciardo has been plugging away and has recorded a respectable 23 laps... 

The latest on yellow walled softs so is not expected to light up the leaderboard. 

Daniel Ricciardo
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'No tinkering with Hamilton's car'

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

I couldn't see anybody working of Hamilton's Mercedes when he was in the pits - it was just a change of tyres as they were simulating race-mode.

Lewis Hamilton
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Just seen a TV replay... It appears that Max Verstappen's Red Bull was damaged by the abandoned T-wing of Valtteri Bottas... 

But appearances aren't everything. 

A few cars including both Mercedes, both Renaults and both Haas', are out on "long runs" aka "race simulation runs"....

Lewis Hamilton
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21 minutes to go... 

Here's your top 10 as it stands in FP2... 

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And Vettel is out again on used super softs... 

Sebastien Vettel
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Have Red Bull got upgrades?

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Bahrain

Kimi Raikkonen is a couple of tenths quicker than Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. But during Daniel Ricciardo's flying lap he was quicker than Raikkonen.

I noticed new Red Bull parts arriving in boxes. I assume they might be on the car. If they are upgrades it's no surprise if they've made the difference.

Oh looks like we ARE going to see Sebastian Vettel out there again before the end of FP2... 

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Huge lock up coming into turn eight for Stoffel Vandoorne - he's got the soft boots on rather than the faster super softs... 

Stoffel Vandoorne
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'We'd like to challenge Red Bull'

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Chief Technical Officer at Williams Martini Racing Paddy Lowe speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "We'd like to be the guys behind Red Bull or even challenge them if we can.

"We need to re-evaluate. We need to see a variety of circuits before understanding where we are. 

"P2 is the really important session of practice because P1 and P3 are in different conditions [far hotter conditions]"

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Chris Marsh: A summary thus far of practise. Ferrari look slightly quicker but than Merc, but look as reliable as a McLaren...

Just 33 or so minutes left of FP2. 

'That's two problems for Ferrari on Friday'

Jack Nicholls

Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

Sebastian Vettel had a problem. The neutral light came on at the top of his car. He ground to a halt before he got to the pits.

That's two mechanical maladies for Ferrari in the first two practice sessions (Kimi Raikkonen ground to a halt in FP1).

Well that makes more sense... 

"Complete shutdown. Complete shutdown." says the four time World Champion. 

He appears to have had a total electrical failure and is now back in the pit lane.  We will see if he can re-join the session... 

Well that was strange... 

Sebastian Vettel on team radio - "Question: Can I turn down the brightness of the shift lights on the steering wheel"

Ferrari response: "Negative"

And he pulls off the track and that appears to be the end of his session...!

Sebastien Vettel
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Max Verstappen is out of the car and the mechanics have got it up on the jacks... 

They are changing the floor according to Tom Clarkson down in the pits...

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So while there is a minor lull, let's look at the leaderboard...