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Live Reporting

By Libby Dawes

All times stated are UK

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  1. 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...

  2. Post update

    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.

  3. '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
  4. Post update

    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". 

  5. Post update

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

  6. Get Involved - Your Bahrain GP qualifying predictions


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

  7. '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
  8. Post update

  9. Post update

    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

  10. 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." 

  11. Chequered flag

    And that's that... 

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

  12. Post update

    Into the last minute... 

  13. Post update

    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...

  14. '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.

    Max Verstappen
  15. Post update

    "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? 

  16. Post update

    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
  17. '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
  18. Post update

    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.