Australian Grand Prix: Practice 2

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer

More wet weather impacted Free Practice 2 as Lewis Hamilton again set the pace for the Mercedes Formula 1 team at the Australian Grand Prix. Both of the Friday sessions were impacted by rain with the second session running only on the green banded intermediate tires.

Nico Hulkenberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, and Carlos Sainz  rounded out the top five while the two McLaren’s followed in 6th and 7th.

With wet weather impacting running, Nico Rosberg admitted to pushing too hard and lost his Mercedes in turn 6 of the Albert Park circuit which damaged the new nose of the Mercedes W07 Hybrid.

The rookie Haas entry had a more productive session with Romain Grosjean running 10 laps and Esteban Gutierrez tallying 8 laps in the weather marred session. Saber’s Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson as well as Max Verstappen of Toro Rosso did not venture onto the track during the practice session.

Saturday running will continue with the final practice session as well as the eagerly anticipated revamped qualifying format.

Complete Fp2 Results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.841
2 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:39.308
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:39.486
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:39.535
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:39.694
6 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:39.895
7 Jenson Button McLaren 1:40.008
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:40.761
9 Sergio Perez Force India 1:41.256
10 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:42.411
11 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:42.891
12 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:43.401
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:43.731
14 Rio Haryanto Manor 1:44.304
15  Nico Rosberg  Mercedes  1:47.356
16  Kevin Magnussen Renault  No Time
17  Jolson Palmer  Renault  No Time
18  Felipe Massa  Williams  No Time
19 Valtteri Bottas  Williams  No Time
20  Felipe Nasr  Sauber
21  Marcus Ericsson  Sauber
22  Max Verstappen  Toro Rosso

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Growing up in a racing family, Steve Aibel was surrounded by Allards, Crosleys and Corvettes! A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Steve was drawn to the automobile magazines strewn throughout the house and Formula 1 in particular. With go karts, motorcycles and vintage race cars in the garage, it was inevitable that the torch would be carried by Steve. Lime Rock Park was his own personal playground while still keeping an eye on the pinnacle of motorsports overseas called Formula 1. Now, in the shadows of Circuit of the Americas, Steve is able to not only follow F1, he makes it the object of this racing stories. This passion for Formula 1 is shared weekly writing original articles for both Tribute Racing and Drafting the Circuits. He also participates in two weekly radio shows. Drafting The Circuits, (http://whoobazoo.com/draftingthecircuits), which airs Tuesday evening at 7 pm CST and Formula 1 Racing Plus (https://www.facebook.com/Formula1RacingPLUS), which broadcasts throughout the week on Performance Motorsports Network. Steve's motorsports photography can be found at www.littleorcasports.com