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).This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
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.