Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in FP2

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Lewis Hamilton emerged atop of the timesheet during second practice for the Australian Grand Prix on Friday afternoon. The Briton clocked a best time of 1:29.625, leading his teammate Nico Rosberg, despite failing to complete a timed lap in first practice due to an oil pressure alarm.

Mercedes confirmed its strong pre-season testing pace with its times, ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso who earlier said they could well be in the fight, admitting that Mercedes might just be a bit stronger than them. The Ferrari driver was fastest in the morning and now 5 tenths off of Hamilton's pace.

Reliability for most teams was fairly solid during this session, even though Lotus and Caterham continued to struggle badly. Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus stayed in the garage as power unit parts were changed, as did both Caterhams. Marcus Ericsson still had battery problems, while Kamui Kobayashi’s car required a change of its Renault powertrain after its problems this morning. None of the three set a time.

Kimi Raikkonen was the only man who had a stoppage on track, or basically in the pitlane, as the pit crew were able to pull his car backward into the box and get the Ferrari started again.


144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG F11:29.625-37
26Nico RosbergMercedes AMG F11:29.7820.15731
314Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:30.1320.50728
41Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:30.3810.75641
522Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:30.5100.88533
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:30.5380.91338
77Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:30.8981.27332
877Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:30.9201.29538
920Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:31.0311.40634
1027Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:31.0541.42933
1125Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:31.0601.43535
1219Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:31.1191.49431
1311Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:31.2831.65836
1499Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:32.3552.73036
1521Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:32.4682.84326
1626Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:32.4952.87036
1717Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:33.4863.86129
188Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:33.6464.02112
194Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:34.7575.13229
209Marcus EricssonCaterham-RenaultNo time-1
2110Kamui KobayashiCaterham-RenaultNo time-0
2213Pastor MaldonadoLotus-RenaultNo time-0