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Formula One: Hamilton, Rosberg keep Mercedes in league of their own

Published on Apr 5, 2014 1:59 AM

MANAMA (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg hammered home Mercedes' early season dominance on Friday when they set the fastest times in both opening practice sessions for Sunday's floodlit Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton, the winner in Malaysia last weekend, clocked 1 min 34.325 sec in the second spell having also roared away to the leading time in the afternoon of 1 min 37.502 sec.

World championship leader Rosberg, who won in Australia, was in second spot thanks to a time of 1 min 37.733 in the first session and, just like his teammate, was then untroubled under the lights with a time of 1:34.690.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, a three-time winner at the dusty Sakhir circuit, was third-fastest overall with 1:35.360.

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