Rosberg back on top in second practice

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time of the day in Friday's second free practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix, as the German continued his tradition of setting a blistering practice pace in 2009

Rosberg back on top in second practice

The Williams man's 1m33.339s lap was nearly two tenths faster than Renault's Fernando Alonso could manage, while Jarno Trulli ended the day third quickest.

Jenson Button was the first big gun to set a time in the second 90 minutes, as the world championship leader lapped Sakhir in a 1m35.935s. It wasn't long before the Briton was usurped, first by Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella, and then more significantly, by the two Toyota drivers.

Timo Glock and Trulli, both on the super-soft option Bridgestone slicks, swapped places at the top of time for a large portion of the session with the Italian's lap of 1m33.616 finally settling the issue between them.

But neither could do anything about Rosberg's Williams when the German thumped in his best lap with just 20 minutes to go.

Then in the closing stages, Alonso, having spent most of the day on heavy fuel, banged in a very quick 1m33.530s to go second, having set the fastest first and third sectors.

Last weekend's winner Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber moved into contention with fourth and fifth in the last 15 minutes of the season, ahead of Button and an impressive Adrian Sutil. Glock was eventually pushed down to eighth.

Rubens Barrichello and Kazuki Nakajima completed the top ten while world champion Lewis Hamilton ended the day 11th.

Felipe Massa - not running KERS - was the fastest Ferrari driver in 16th, while two places back was Kimi Raikkonen, the pair split by Robert Kubica's BMW.

There was again several instances of drivers running over the kerbs at Turn 1 and Turn 10, while Renault's Nelson Piquet was forced to pit early-on for a broken front wing before finally ending the session 15th.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.339 36 2. Alonso Renault (B) 1:33.530 + 0.191 25 3. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:33.616 + 0.277 37 4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:33.661 + 0.322 29 5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:33.676 + 0.337 32 6. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:33.694 + 0.355 35 7. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:33.763 + 0.424 30 8. Glock Toyota (B) 1:33.764 + 0.425 37 9. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:33.885 + 0.546 30 10. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.899 + 0.560 36 11. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:33.994 + 0.655 30 12. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:34.025 + 0.686 23 13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:34.127 + 0.788 37 14. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:34.366 + 1.027 26 15. Piquet Renault (B) 1:34.411 + 1.072 29 16. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:34.564 + 1.225 34 17. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:34.605 + 1.266 31 18. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:34.670 + 1.331 28 19. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:34.764 + 1.425 35 20. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:34.790 + 1.451 33 All Timing Unofficial 

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