New asphalt, new barrier locations and low temperatures alter the characteristics of the Monaco street circuit.
Lewis topped the times in both sessions, with Nico finishing the morning in P9 and the afternoon in P2.
Fernando Alonso: “Today felt more like a test day than the Friday of a grand prix weekend."
Raffaele Marciello was back in the Sauber C34-Ferrari for his second FP1 assignment during a Grand Prix weekend.
The Spanish Grand Prix, the first of the European races on the Formula 1 calendar, got underway this Friday on the Catalunya circuit.
Nico Rosberg topped the morning session and Lewis Hamilton dominated the afternoon practice session.
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, but Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel outpaced the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.
World champion Lewis Hamilton beat Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to the quickest time in final practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
As in China last Friday the Third and Reserve Driver for Lotus F1 Team took over duties behind the wheel from Romain Grosjean in FP1.
Sebastian Vettel: "It’s hard to say if we got closer to Mercedes, everybody seemed to be closer to them but I’m sure they didn’t show everything today."
The E23 Hybrid showed good potential; it was well balanced and reliable with scope for improved pace.
Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the quickest time of the day in second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time in free practice one for the Bahrain Grand Prix, leading a Ferrari one-two as the Mercedes cars languished near the bottom of the timesheets.
The MP4-30 appears to behave fairly well around the fast sweeps of the Shanghai International Circuit.