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
|2||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:39.308|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1:39.535|
|5||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:39.694|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:41.256|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull||1:42.411|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||Renault||No Time|
|17||Jolson Palmer||Renault||No Time|
|18||Felipe Massa||Williams||No Time|
|19||Valtteri Bottas||Williams||No Time|
|22||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso|