Raikkonen & Massa Fast In Sakhir

Lotus has sold a 35 percent stake in its Formula One squad. (Steve Etherington Photo)
Kimi Raikkonen, shown at the Australian Grand Prix, was quick in practice today in Bahrain. (Steve Etherington Photo)

SAKHIR, Bahrain – Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen led a pair of practice sessions at the Bahrain Int’l Circuit on Friday.

Raikkonen set the fastest time of the day in the afternoon session, putting his Lotus at the top of the board with a lap of 1:34.154 to beat Mark Webber’s Red Bull by .030-second.

Webber, who lapped in 1:34.184, was followed by his team mate Sebastian Vettel, and the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Massa, which sandwiched Paul di Resta’s Force India.

The first session was dominated by Ferrari, with Massa and Alonso topping the practice charts. Massa lapped the circuit in 1:34.487 with Alonso right behind him at 1:34.564.

Right behind them, Nico Rosberg was again on strong form for Mercedes with 1:34.621 ahead of Vettel’s Red Bull and di Resta’s Force India.