Hamilton Leads Rosberg In Second Practice

Lewis Hamilton took the top spot on Friday afternoon, swapping positions with Nico Rosberg who took the other Mercedes to the top of the time sheets during the morning practice session. Although Hamilton’s edge over Rosberg will give him some fuel for mind games, in reality very little separates the two racers – specifically two-hundreths of a second – which points to a tight fight for pole and the race win this weekend, excluding any technical gremlins like the ones which have cost Mercedes in the past few races.

Daniel Ricciardo took up his usual position as best of the rest, ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who was under extra pressure to make up for lost time due to a water pump issue during the morning session. McLaren star Kevin Magnussen took fifth while Button in seventh sandwiched Williams’ Felipe Massa in sixth. Sebastian Vettel was eighth for Red Bull and Fernando Alonso ninth for Ferrari, with Valtteri Bottas filling out the top ten.

The rest of the grid fell in behind the Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Williams pairings, all of whom appear to be increasingly close. Slightly far back was Adrian Sutil in eleventh for Sauber and Daniil Kvyat twelfth for Toro Rosso. Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg were uncharacteristically far down for Force India, ahead of the STR9 of Jean-Eric Vergne who himself was flanked by the Lotus duo. Bianchi proved fastest of the back-markers, with Kamui Kobayashi far off the pace due to a suspected battery fire which broke out half an hour into the session and ended his running prematurely. With enough of a challenge already, Kobayashi may now face a penalty if there has been damage to his gearbox or engine.

Free Practice Two results:

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Daniel Ricciardo
  4. Kimi Raikkonen
  5. Kevin Magnussen
  6. Felipe Massa
  7. Jenson Button
  8. Sebastian Vettel
  9. Fernando Alonso
  10. Valtteri Bottas
  11. Adrian Sutil
  12. Daniil Kvyat
  13. Sergio Perez
  14. Nico Hulkenberg
  15. Jean-Eric Vergne
  16. Pastor Maldonado
  17. Romain Grosjean
  18. Esteban Gutierrez
  19. Jules Bianchi
  20. Marcus Ericsson
  21. Max Chilton
  22. Kamui Kobayashi

Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG F1 Team. 


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