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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Al Unser Jr. to race Pikes Peak Hill Climb for first time in 29 years

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Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. is coming out of retirement to race again.

Unser Jr., who turns 56 on April 19, will compete in the 96th Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24. It will be the first time Unser has raced at Pikes Peak in 29 years, since the 1989 event.

Unser won the Hill Climb and was named “King of the Mountain” in the 1983 event.

Unser said in 2007 that he was retiring from racing and had no plans to race in the future. However, he has taken part since then in some selected vintage racing events.

Speaking of vintage cars, Unser is slated to drive a 1936 Chevrolet Sedan in this year’s Hill Climb, according to race organizers.

He’ll compete with a number of luminaries including eight-time Hill Climb winner Paul Dallenbach; Layne Schranz, who will be competing in his 25th “Race to the Clouds”; 23-time champion Clint Vahsholtz; 25-time Hill Climb competitor David Schmidt II and three-time Climb winner Spencer Steele.

Unser recently returned to IndyCar racing as a consultant with Harding Racing, which is beginning its first full season in the series with Gabby Chaves behind the wheel.