Further rain interferes with running in FP2

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Lewis Hamilton topped the second practice session at Melbourne, but it became yet another fairly useless one in terms of running and the ability to judge how quick everyone really is. Further rain forced running on the intermediate Pirelli tyres, and lots of drivers opted not to run much at all.

Carlos Sainz however did manage 16 laps, having had to sit out most of the morning session due to car issues.

Along with Sainz, both McLaren drivers also proved fairly active, as McLaren and Honda seek to do as many laps as possible to verify their reliability and get more data to make further progress. It were however Manor's rookie drivers who did most laps, with Wehrlein topping the charts at 24 laps and his team mate, Rio Haryanto, completing 22.

In general, there were no major technical problems, even though Nico Rosberg created one for himself by crashing off, following a spin at Turn 7. He broke the front wing off his car and scrapped the nose cone as well. Interestingly, Rosberg had the crash with a new nose fitted on his car, which the team opted not to run in FP1 in fear of damage.

Results

Pos.No.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:38.841-6
227Nico HulkenbergForce India1:39.308+0.467s8
37Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:39.486+0.645s7
43Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:39.535+0.694s9
555Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:39.694+0.853s16
614Fernando AlonsoMclaren1:39.895+1.054s16
722Jenson ButtonMclaren1:40.008+1.167s13
85Sebastian VettelFerrari1:40.761+1.920s7
911Sergio PerezForce India1:41.256+2.415s8
1026Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing1:42.411+3.570s10
1121Esteban GutierrezHaas1:42.891+4.050s10
1294Pascal WehrleinManor1:43.401+4.560s24
138Romain GrosjeanHaas1:43.731+4.890s8
1488Rio HaryantoManor1:44.304+5.463s22
156Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:47.356+8.515s4
1620Kevin MagnussenRenault-2
1730Jolyon PalmerRenault-5
1819Felipe MassaWilliams--2
1977Valtteri BottasWilliams--2