The Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday is going to be all about tyres again and Nico Rosberg carried on from where he left off following his victory in China last weekend.
The Mercedes driver set the fastest time of the day on the P Zero Yellow soft tyres during the second free practice of the day.
The day was characterised by high temperatures and sand blowing on to the track.
Paul Hembery, head of motorsport for Pirelli, said: “The sand on the track – a phenomenon that we are well aware of, following our tests in Bahrain in the past – limited the useful running in the morning, but it was a much busier session in the afternoon with all the teams running both compounds in order to make up for any lost time earlier.
“The teams will all have been looking closely at the effect of track temperature on performance, which is going to form an integral part of their strategy for qualifying and the race, as well as monitoring degradation.
“From what we can see so far the pace of both compounds is around 0.6 seconds apart and degradation is in line with expectations. But we still have a lot of data to go through tonight before we can accurately predict how long the stints are likely to be on each tyre, as this is the first time that we are here in race conditions.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team