Hamilton dominates second practice in Austria

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Lewis Hamilton set the pace ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during second practice ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, the early pacesetter on the soft tyre, went quickest again following the switch to the super-soft option rubber, posting a best lap of 1:09.542 to end the session fastest of all, ahead of his Mercedes team-mate.

Rosberg, just a fraction shy of his team-mate early on, initially struggled on his first lap on the option tyres, improving by just a tenth while Hamilton shot to the top of the time sheets by three quarters of a second.

While the German did manage to improve, shaving six tenths off his own best time, he ultimately failed to find the final three tenths needed to usurp his team-mate and title rival.

Fernando Alonso, as in the morning session, was third for Ferrari, the Spaniard the best part of a second shy of the two Mercedes cars.

Williams impressed once again with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa fourth and fifth, the pair separated by just two hundredths of a second.

Sebastian Vettel was the best of the Renault-powered cars in sixth, having lost time early in the session as a result of an unplanned floor change, but the Red Bull man was a whole 1.2 seconds down on Hamilton’s best time, which will frustrate the team at its home event.

Jenson Button was seventh fastest for McLaren, one spot ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull car, the Australian, like his team-mate, also forced to change the floor after a spin during opening practice.

Kevin Magnussen was ninth, while Jean-Eric Vergne rounded out the top ten for Toro Rosso for the second time this weekend.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen ended the afternoon session 11th overall, half a second shy of his team-mate in third, in what was a difficult session for the Finn.

Free Practice Two – Classification

1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:09.542 – 37  laps

2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:09.919  +0.377 – 50 laps

3. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:10.470  +0.928 – 40 laps

4. Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Mercedes – 1:10.519  +0.977 – 44 laps

5. Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes – 1:10.521  +0.979 – 39 laps

6. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault – 1:10.807  +1.265 – 39 laps

7. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:10.813  +1.271 – 44 laps

8. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault – 1:10.920  +1.378 – 36 laps

9. Kevin Magnussen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:10.936  +1.394 – 45 laps

10. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:10.972  +1.430 – 39 laps

11. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:10.974  +1.432 – 45 laps

12. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:11.261  +1.719 – 45 laps

13. Sergio Perez – Force India-Mercedes – 1:11.296  +1.754 – 36 laps

14. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:11.491  +1.949 – 42 laps

15. Pastor Maldonado – Lotus-Renault – 1:11.765  +2.223 – 30 laps

16. Adrian Sutil – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:11.806  +2.264 – 42 laps

17. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India-Mercedes – 1:11.935  +2.393 – 39 laps

18. Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:12.229  +2.687 – 43 laps

19. Romain Grosjean – Lotus-Renault – 1:12.262  +2.720 – 46 laps

20. Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:12.279  +2.737 – 36 laps

21. Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault – 1:12.937  +3.395 – 24 laps

22. Marcus Ericsson – Caterham-Renault – 1:13.596  +4.054 – 48 laps

Image courtesy of Pirelli Media

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