Rosberg heads up Mercedes one-two in Bahrain FP2

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Nico Rosberg and Mercedes have responded to the pace shown by Ferrari during the first free practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday afternoon by topping the timesheets in FP2 after the sun had set in Sakhir.

Rosberg posted a fastest lap time of 1:34.647 on the option tire to record the fastest time of the second session on Friday, finishing one-tenth of a second clear of teammate Lewis Hamilton who completed a one-two for the Silver Arrows.

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel had secured that exact result for Ferrari in FP1, but were forced to settle for third and fourth place respectively in the second session, some half a second down on Mercedes’ pace.

Both Hamilton and Vettel failed to squeeze every last tenth out of their cars on their fastest lap times, though, as mistakes at the final corner cost them some time.

Ferrari opted to make the switch over to the option tire very early in the session, giving itself more time to focus on its long run pace. Just as it did in China, Mercedes reacted quickly by doing the same just five minutes later.

The Italian team proved in the second half of FP2 that its long run pace would be more than a match for Mercedes in the race on Sunday, setting the stage for a thrilling fight between the two front-running teams once again.

Vettel’s FP2 did take a slight turn for the worse in the final ten minutes of the session after an on-track run-in with Sergio Perez. The German was exiting the pits and tried to allow the Force India driver past, only for a brake problem to cause him to make contact with Perez, damaging the front wing of the Ferrari.

Valtteri Bottas finished as the ‘best of the rest’ behind Mercedes and Ferrari in fifth place for Williams, whilst Daniel Ricciardo slotted into sixth place ahead of Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Nasr on the final timesheets. Daniil Kvyat and Felipe Massa rounded out the top ten on Friday evening.

McLaren’s drivers once again enjoyed a mixed session in FP2. Fernando Alonso continued to fight his way up the order by finishing 12th, but Jenson Button was sidelined early on for the second time in a few hours due to a problem on his car. Thankfully for McLaren, it did not end his day this time around, and the Briton was able to get back out on track in the final 30 minutes of the session.

At the front though, we look poised for another close fight between Mercedes and Ferrari in Bahrain. Pole position should descend into an intra-team contest at Mercedes between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, but Ferrari’s long run pace suggests that it could be more than a match for the Silver Arrows once the lights go out on Sunday.

Join us tomorrow at 8am ET on NBC Sports Live Extra from the final free practice session, which will be followed by qualifying on CNBC from 11am ET.

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

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Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.