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Hamilton continues dominant form at Albert Park

Tom Howard

Friday 24th March, 2017 - 5:34pm

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Lewis Hamilton further emphasised Mercedes’ dominance after topping the times in the second practice session at the Australian Grand Prix.

The Brit once again lit up the timing screens posting a 1:23.620s which was 0.6s faster than the effort he clocked to top the opening 90 minute session at Albert Park.

Hamilton’s pace saw him earn a 0.5s buffer over the rest of the field with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel emerging as Mercedes’ nearest rival.

Valtteri Bottas confirmed Mercedes’ strong start to the season in third, albeit 0.556s shy of his team-mate.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in the sister Ferrari while Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo could only manage fifth in his revised RB13.

The Australian, who was third fastest in FP1, was a second adrift of Hamilton’s benchmark.

Team-mate Max Verstappen emerged 0.3s further back in sixth while Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso), Romain Grosjean (Haas F1), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10.

The session was red flagged with 65 minutes remaining when Renault’s Jolyon Palmer lost control at the final corners and clouted the tyre barriers.

Palmer’s car suffered heavy damage to the rear following the impact.

He wasn’t the only driver to encounter a problem after Felipe Massa’s Williams ground to a halt with a suspected gearbox problem.

In the final minutes, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson spun into the gravel trap at Turn 6.

Result: Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Practice 2

Position Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes 1:23.620s 34
2 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 1:24.167s 0.547s 35
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes 1:24.176s 0.556s 34
4 Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 1:24.525s 0.905s 30
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing Red Bull/Renault 1:24.650s 1.030s 27
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Red Bull/Renault 1:25.013s 1.393s 8
7 Carlos Sainz Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso/Renault 1:25.084s 1.464s 34
8 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team Haas/Ferrari 1:25.436s 1.816s 29
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport F1 Team Renault 1:25.478s 1.858s 36
10 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso/Renault 1:25.493s 1.873s 39
11 Sergio Perez Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India/Mercedes 1:25.591s 1.971s 35
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda McLaren/Honda 1:26.000s 2.380s 19
13 Esteban Ocon Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India/Mercedes 1:26.145s 2.525s 37
14 Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing Williams/Mercedes 1:26.331s 2.711s 6
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber F1 Team Sauber/Ferrari 1:26.498s 2.878s 29
16 Lance Stroll Williams Martini Racing Williams/Mercedes 1:26.525s 2.905s 27
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda McLaren/Honda 1:26.608s 2.988s 33
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber F1 Team Sauber/Ferrari 1:26.919s 3.299s 30
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team Haas/Ferrari 1:27.279s 3.659s 8
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport F1 Team Renault 1:27.549s 3.929s 4

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