Raikkonen edges Webber in Bahrain practice two

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Times fell slightly in free practice two for the Bahrain Grand Prix, with Kimi Raikkonen edging Mark Webber for the top spot by the end of the day.

Raikkonen clocked in at 1:34.154, three hundredths of a second ahead of Webber.

While the last two Bahrain GP winners – Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso – were next, Paul di Resta did well to hustle his Force India into fifth place and within four tenths of Raikkonen’s leading time in the Lotus.

Mercedes could do no better than eighth and 10th with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, and McLaren had similar issues with Jenson Button just 11th and Sergio Perez 13th.

Light showers fell in-between practice one and two, but it evaporated almost instantly with the heat in the Sakhir desert.

Several drivers including Vettel, Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado, all ran wide at some point or another during the session.

Esteban Gutierrez, meanwhile, collided with the Caterham of Charles Pic and incurred a left-front puncture. It was not an incident the Sauber rookie needed after his heavy collision with Adrian Sutil a week ago in the Chinese Grand Prix (see below).

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Pic did well to get his car within 3 seconds of the leading times, and ahead of both Marussias – Max Chilton actually ahead of Jules Bianchi on this occasion. Bianchi and Giedo van der Garde, who both sat out FP1, rounded out the timesheets.

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Pippa Mann, breast cancer survivors paint IMS’ start/finish line pink

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We’ve written a fair bit on MotorSportsTalk about the efforts Pippa Mann has done in working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Susan G. Komen has supported Mann’s last two runs at the Indianapolis 500, when she’s driven the No. 63 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

This being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the awareness hit a new level with Mann working alongside breast cancer survivors to paint the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s iconic Yard of Bricks pink for the day.

IMS president Doug Boles also joined in the opportunity.

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Mercedes set to clinch F1 constructors’ championship in Russia

SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 08:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP speaks with members of the media in the paddock during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on October 8, 2015 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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For the second year in a row, Mercedes is poised to wrap up the Formula 1 constructors’ championship in Sochi at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes won its first F1 teams’ title in Russia last year, having returned to the sport as a works constructor in 2010. When it last enjoyed such status in the 1950s, there was no championship for the teams.

Just as it did in 2014, Mercedes has dominated proceedings in F1 this season, winning all but three races and sweeping to eight one-two finishes to leave drivers Lewis Hamilton (pictured) and Nico Rosberg battling for the drivers’ title for the second straight year.

Now, Mercedes seeks the knock-out blow in the constructors’ title race by officially wrapping it up in Sochi this weekend.

To do so, the team must simply outscore rivals Ferrari by three points this weekend. The lead currently stands at 169 points, with 215 still on offer. After Sochi, there will be 172 remaining.

“We return to Russia with positive memories from last season, when the team sealed the first constructors’ title for Mercedes-Benz with a one-two finish,” team boss Toto Wolff said.

“A repeat performance in Sochi would be fantastic and this is absolutely the target – but we are under no illusions that it will come easy. The job is not done yet.”

The tire allocation for this weekend’s race could pose problems to Mercedes just as it did in Singapore, potentially allowing Ferrari to spoil the party and delay the victory celebrations at Brackley.

However, if the form book is to be trusted, Sochi could be playing host to another Mercedes party on Sunday night with a second world title in the bag for the Silver Arrows.