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2014-04-09 08:29

MERC QUICKEST IN BAHRAIN: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg speeds down the track during F1 testing at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. Image: AP/Hasan Jamali

SAKHIR, Bahrain - Nico Rosberg, winner of the season-opening Australian GP, returned to the scene of Sunday's (April 6) thrilling 2014 Bahrain GP  to post the quickest time in the first of two days of testing at the Sakhir circuit.

Rosberg, who finished second behind Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in a race rated as the most exciting for years, topped the times, recording a best lap of 1min35.667.

That time was, however, 2.5sec slower than the one he set to claim pole for the 2014 Bahrain GP.

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Nico Hulkenberg  drove his Mercedes-powered Force India car into second in the times, four-tenths behind Rosberg, with Fernando Alonso's Ferrari six-tenths away in third.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo took seventh after completing 91 laps.

Hamilton, winner in Bahrain 2014  and Malaysia 2014, moved up to within 11 points of Rosberg in the Drivers' standings. He will drive for Mercedes on the second day of testing on Wednesday (April 9).

The 2014 championship will now head to Shanghai for the fourth race of the season in China.

2014 Bahrain testing times:
1 Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) 1mins35.697 (121 laps)
2 Nico Hülkenberg (GER/Force India) 1min36.064 (69)
3 Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari) 1min36.626 (68)
4 Kevin Magnussen (DEN/McLaren) 1min36.634 (102)
5 Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams) 1min37.305 (28)
6 Max Chilton (GBR/Marussia) 1min37.678 (60)
7 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 1min38.326 (91)
8 Sergueï Sirotkin (RUS/Sauber) 1min39.023 (76)
 9 Robin Frijns (NED/Caterham) 1min40.027 (62)
10 Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Lotus) 1min40.183 (16)
11 Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Toro Rosso) 1min40.452 (67)

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