Lewis Hamilton continues to dominate, as he emerges the fastest driver in the FP2 session at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.
The British driver dominated the field by over 0.5s of the others. Scuderia Ferrari’s Vettel was the first driver to reach 1:24s with his 1:24:926 and remained at the top in the first half. Meanwhile, Jolyon Palmer was all set to register a personal best lap but just at the brink of finish line , at turn 16 his rear wheels spun off sending him into the barriers. This caused a huge damage to the suspension of the car and the session was red flagged.
The session restarted with both the Mercedes coming out on the track, when Massa stopped due to gear selection problem causing yellow flags to come out slowing down Lewis Hamilton and Valteri Bottas on their first lap. After the session resumed Bottas came out to be the fastest with a 1:24:176 but was it enough?
Lewis Hamilton drifted off at turn 16 and reached the finish line with a staggering 1:23:620 , which was the fastest time of the session. This motivated Vettel and he couldn’t resist himself setting a time of 1:24:167,which demoted Bottas to 3rd.
Kimi Raikkonen joined Bottas behind boasting the horses of Ferrari setting a time of 1:24:650. Daniel Ricciardo followed the ‘Iceman’ into 5th but it was a different story for Max Verstappen. Max posted a time of 1:25:013 in the initial runs on supersofts but he damaged the floor of the RB13 when he ran wide at turn 12 in his second run, which shattered his hopes of improving on the ultrasofts.
In the back, Carlo Sainz Jr. posted an impressive time to end at P7 behind Max followed by Romain Grosjean , Nico Hulkenberg and Daniil Kvyat completing the top 10.
McLaren jinx continued but Fernando Alonso was able to set a time sandwiched between the Sahara Force India duo at P12.
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