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Friday 13th March, 2015 - 6:24pm

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Nico Rosberg top free practice 2 at Albert Park

Nico Rosberg top free practice 2 at Albert Park

Mercedes continued to strengthen its grip on the Formula 1 field as Nico Rosberg set the pace in second practice at Albert Park.

The champion team started slowly but it wasn’t long before Rosberg set a blistering pace with the German clocking a session best of 1:27.697s.

Rosberg’s time was just 0.100s quicker than team-mate Hamilton but the Mercedes cars proved to be more than three quarters of a second faster than the rest of the paddock.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo was a noticeable absentee from the session with his Red Bull RB11 forced to undergo an engine change.

Ferrari showed encouraging signs with its drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen ending the 90 minute hit out in third and fourth respectively.

However, the same could not be said for McLaren-Honda as Kevin Magnussen brought out the red flags with just 15 minutes completed.

The Dane, filling in for Fernando Alonso, made a mistake at Turn 6 which resulted in his MP4-30 glancing the barriers.

Magnussen’s opposite number Jenson Button managed to complete more valuable mileage, but a power issue with the new Honda engine brought his session to a premature end in 13th position.

Williams also endured a mixed second practice with Valterri Bottas finishing fifth fastest but the team was forced to to change Felipe Massa’s engine leaving him on the sidelines.

Sauber made its first appearance of the weekend with both Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr enjoying some track time although the former suffered a suspected left rear suspension failure.

Neither of the Manor F1 cars took part in the session as the team continues to work on a software problem.

Result: Formula 1 Practice 2, Albert Park

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1:27.697s

29

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:27.797s

0.100s

25

3

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1:28.412s

0.715s

33

4

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1:28.842s

1.145s

33

5

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1:29.265s

1.568s

32

6

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/Renault

1:30.016s

2.319s

27

7

Carlos Sainz Jr.

Toro Rosso/Renault

1:30.071s

2.374s

41

8

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus/Mercedes

1:30.104s

2.407s

11

9

Romain Grosjean

Lotus/Mercedes

1:30.205s

2.508s

37

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1:30.473s

2.776s

30

11

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1:30.755s

3.058s

33

12

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1:30.980s

3.283s

32

13

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1:31.387s

3.690s

21

14

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Renault

1:31.395s

3.698s

6

15

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1:32.303s

4.606s

14

16

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren/Honda

1:33.289s

5.592s

4

 

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