Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel struggled in FP2 ahead of the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix as Mercedes-Benz’s Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton continued to show the team’s strength.
Rosberg posted the fastest time of the session with a lightning quick 1:31.001, while Hamilton was second fastest with a time of 1:31.242. Both times were set on the super soft tire compound.
Raikkonen couldn’t get the best of the Ferrari SF16-H and turned in the fifth quickest lap of the session at 1:32.452. Vettel was third fastest on the soft tires, about a half-second behind Rosberg, before he hit car trouble.
Vettel’s Ferrari was at first suspected to have lost drive, however the German was later seen tightening something on the rear end – perhaps a lose wheel nut, Motorsport.com reports. With his car stopped on the side of the track, the virtual safety car was eventually deployed.
“(Raikkonen and Vettel) worked on set-up and tyre testing, running various fuel levels,” Ferrari said in a statement. “Both Ferrari men used the Soft tyres and then the Supersofts. Neither of them got the most out of the softest compound, because of problems with traffic and, in Vettel’s case, a small driving error. Sebastian was then forced to end his session around 15 minutes early because of a problem with a wheel, when he had completed 5 laps.”
Surprisingly, McLaren’s Jenson Button was third-fastest in the session with a time of 1:32.281, while Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen was fourth fastest with a time of 1:32.406.