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FP2: Vettel Undefeated even after Electrical Shutdown!

Sebastian Vettel remains undefeated on friday even with an electrical shutdown. Kimi improves to P4 while Hamilton could only do P5 in the first flood lit session.

Romain Grosjean along with teammate K-Mag was out on the track first to set the benchmark. The first half saw every other driver complaining about the lack of traction. Vettel mentioned struggling on brakes in the second half of the lap.

On his second stint Vettel improved and went fastest on the supersoft tyres . He planned to do a longer stint but had to stop due to electrical shutdown just before the pitlane. Fortunately for him the marshals managed to push the car to the pits where his mechanics received it and took it into the garage, without any worries Vettel was back on the track in the last part of the session.

Bottas was still awake on the track and managed to do a 1:31.351. He did a 20 laps stint to analyse the endurance of the tyres in the flood lights.

Daniel Ricciardo surprised the paddock with his P3 and Red Bull was back again in top 3 just 0.066s off of the leader.

Kimi Raikkonen recovered from a bad FP1 and registered P4 on the timesheet. Lewis Hamilton, who was frustrated with the traffic in front of him could only manage 5th position in the order on his 3rd lap on supersofts.

Renault Sport Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg put his name before Felippe Massa and Max Verstappen as set the 6th fastest time in the session. Massa did P7 while Verstappen struggled through pace and could only manage P8. Haas driver Romain Grosjean and STR’s Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10.

Carlos Sainz had to stop the car after only 5 laps into the register as smoke came out of his cockpit, he ended up P15. It was a site Carlos Sainz Sr. wouldn’t have enjoyed, who was cheering from the pits. STR are still investigating the cause of the smoke.

Making a return to the F1 grid, Pascal Wehrlein did 29 laps and ended P19 before McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who only did initial laps. The latter couldn’t start again as the car was still being worked upon until the end of the session.

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