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Friday analysis - who will shine in desert darkness?

None of the teams ventured out on Pirelli’s soft rubber in FP1 in Bahrain on Friday, preferring to save it for FP2 when dusk had fallen, leaving sunlight to be replaced by floodlight. In both sessions the conditions, while different, were consistent, enabling all those whose cars were reliable to complete their programmes. Everyone reported a massive increase in grip on the option tyre. We take a team-by-team look at progress on day one in Sakhir…MercedesLewis Hamilton, 1m 37.502s, P1/1m 34.325s, P1Nico Rosberg, 1m 37.733s, P2/1m 34.690s, P2Mercedes had a strong day with few problems, though Rosberg had one lock-up that sent him straight on at Turn 1 in the morning, and another...
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