Hamilton fastest in FP2 despite setbacks

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Lewis Hamilton returned Mercedes to the top of the time sheets during free practice two, despite an early set-back that cost him almost 25 minutes of running.

Hamilton, who had to abandon the opening practice session prematurely after a suspension problem, set the fastest time of the afternoon on the soft Pirelli tyres at the midway mark, his best lap of 1:38.315 over a tenth clear of Fernando Alonso, who rounded out an encouraging day for Ferrari in second.

Nico Rosberg closed out the top three in the second Mercedes, but could have posted a better time if not for yellow flags that spoilt his quick lap.

The two Red Bull’s were fourth and fifth overall, Daniel Ricciardo ahead of his illustrious team-mate Sebastian Vettel by two tenths of a second.

Felipe Massa was sixth, as Williams look to build on the encouraging pace they have shown in the early part of the season.

Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean and Daniil Kvyat made up the remainder of the top 10.

Pastor Maldonado, after his off in the morning, had another incident filled session, the Venezuelan driver having two off-track excursions before suffering the ignominy of crashing into the pit lane entrance with 30 minutes gone.

Free Practice Two – Classification

1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:38.315 – 25 laps

2. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:38.456  +0.141 – 28 laps

3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:38.726  +0.411 – 30 laps

4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault – 1:38.811 +0.496 – 30 laps

5. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault – 1:39.015  +0.700 – 31 laps

6. Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes – 1:39.118  +0.803 – 25 laps

7. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:39.283  +0.968 – 25 laps

8. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:39.491  +1.176 – 29 laps

9. Romain Grosjean – Lotus-Renault – 1:39.537  +1.222 – 36 laps

10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:39.648  +1.333 – 26 laps

11. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India-Mercedes – 1:39.736  +1.421 – 30 laps

12. Kevin Magnussen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:39.744  +1.429 – 29 laps

13. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:39.759  +1.444 – 28 laps

14. Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Mercedes – 1:39.830  +1.515 – 25 laps

15. Sergio Perez – Force India-Mercedes – 1:40.124  +1.809 – 32 laps

16. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:40.359  +2.044 – 32 laps

17. Adrian Sutil – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:40.395  +2.080 – 30 laps

18. Pastor Maldonado – Lotus-Renault – 1:40.455  +2.140 – 12 laps

19. Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:42.327  +4.012 – 27 laps

20. Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:43.473  +5.158 – 30 laps

21. Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault – 1:43.530  +5.215 – 32 laps

22. Marcus Ericsson – Caterham-Renault – 1:43.679  +5.364 – 32 laps

Image courtesy of Daimler

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