Nico Rosberg, the championship leader sets the fastest time of the FP2 session with a time of 1:37:358m. Ricciardo was able to finish the session in P2 with a margin of 0.19 secs from the leader. Hamilton who set the fastest time in FP1 could only manage P3 with problems still coming his way. Sebastian Vettel finished P4 with Max Verstappen in P5 followed by the Force India pair of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. Jenson Button bagged P8 followed by teammate Fernando Alonso with Kimi Raikkonen completing the top 10.
Romain Grosjean set the benchmark posting a time of 1m40.848s, which was immediately improved by Ferrri’s Kimi Raikkonen by nearly 2 seconds. Teammate Vettel was quick enough to respond with a time of 1m38.892s making it a Ferrari 1-2.
Rosberg had to fight his way through the top with a 1m38.082s on a pair of soft tyres. Ricciardo could only manage P4 on the first stint of the session. Perez admitted on struggling with the medium compound tyres’ grip. Ocon spun his Manor into the gravel just before completing his lap.
The Ferraris were the first ones to go on supersofts, which didn’t go well for the Iceman who went wide on the final corner. “I don’t know why, the car is very bad at the rear” he told the team on radio. Meanwhile Verstappen improved upon his time with the supersofts and went third fastest. Rosberg waiting for his turn went fastest overall on supersofts with a time of 1m37.358s. Taking the advantage of Hamilton’s slower pace Ricciardo set the second best time of the session just 0.097secs from the defending champion.Meanwhile, Wehrlein reported grip problem while Massa reported clutch problems.
In all of this drama, the session was red flagged due to debris on the track. The debris was cleared by the marshals quickly and the session started with Grosjean reporting problems about the car.
Palmer, who was trying to set a good lap, spun in the last stage of the session and ended up in the gravel when lewis hamilton was reporting tyre problems to the team. The session ended before anybody could improve their times. Sainz spun his Toro Rosso just when the chequered flag was out.
While teams experimented with all of the three tyres, they still haven’t developed the right race strategy for the race. Hence, tomorrow’s qualifying will turn to be a vital session for the the Sunday’s US Grand Prix!