Friday form guide: Lotus vs Ferrari in Bahrain

Friday form guide: Lotus vs Ferrari in Bahrain

Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen topped Friday practice in Bahrain. Mark Hughes analyses the Ferrari and Lotus teams' form and tyre wear patterns and predicts how Sunday's race will unfold

The 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix appears to be a potentially fascinating contest, made all the more intriguing by Friday afternoon's practice runs not allowing a straight comparison between the two strongest-looking cars, the Lotus E21 and Ferrari F138.

Lotus conducted a thorough long-run simulation, with both Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean completing runs long enough to suggest they could do a two-stop race. The hard/medium combination of Pirelli rubber is nowhere near as marginal as last week's tyre choice in China.

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