Hamilton stays ahead in second practice

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Lewis Hamilton continued to be fastest in the second free practice session at Spielberg, Austria. The Mercedes driver topped the morning session as well, and was this time 0.147s faster than his championship rival Sebastian Vettel.

As the duo expect another close fight at Austria, Valtteri Bottas is closest in third, ahead of both Red Bulls who were, contrary to proceedings in the morning session, closely matched.

The second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was already more than 6 tenths down on the pace setter, despite having complete 54 laps, becoming the most active driver of the session.

Seventh places Keving Magnussen was more than a second down on Hamilton, but faster than Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg and the second Haas of Romain Grosjean.

Together, they made the top 10 complete, surprisingly both dropping all cars of Toro Rosso, Force India and Williams down to the second half of the ranking.

Jolyon Palmer meanwhile endured another dismal session as he completed just 7 laps, ahead only of both Saubers who were again slowest, just like in FP1.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:05.483-30
25Sebastian VettelFerrari1:05.630+0.147s50
377Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:05.699+0.216s41
433Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Tag Heuer1:05.832+0.349s33
53Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing Tag Heuer1:05.873+0.390s27
67Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:06.144+0.661s54
720Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:06.591+1.108s43
814Fernando AlonsoMclaren Honda1:06.732+1.249s27
927Nico HulkenbergRenault1:06.735+1.252s42
108Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:06.763+1.280s52
1131Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:06.849+1.366s50
122Stoffel VandoorneMclaren Honda1:06.859+1.376s37
1326Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:06.906+1.423s34
1419Felipe MassaWilliams Mercedes1:07.065+1.582s50
1555Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:07.100+1.617s24
1618Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:07.468+1.985s46
1711Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:07.509+2.026s41
1830Jolyon PalmerRenault1:07.623+2.140s7
1994Pascal WehrleinSauber Ferrari1:08.782+3.299s49
209Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari1:08.870+3.387s51