Hamilton back on top in second practice

Lewis Hamilton recovered from his troubled FP1 to top the times in the second Friday practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver, who failed to set a time in the morning, posted a best time of 1:39.790 to finish nearly four tenths of a second ahead of the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

Raikkonen split the Mercedes, with FP1 pace-setter Nico Rosberg down in third position ahead of the Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat.

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas completed the top five in a session full of car problems and complaints about the tyre degradation and poor grip.

Hamilton joined the action over 35 minutes after the session had started, as his Mercedes team worked on solving the problems that hit the Briton during the first session.

He had more trouble, however, losing his telemetry right after he started running, something that forced him to pit right away. He managed to return to the track, but later complained about problems with the downshifts.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo also had a troubled practice, the Australian spending most of the session in the pits.

Ricciardo managed just seven laps before he was able to complete a final installation round in the dying seconds of the session.

Teammate Kvyat also reported problems near the end of the session.

Lotus drivers Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean had their running restricted too, the Frenchman's day coming to an early end as the team investigated a problem with his car.

He managed just seven laps on his way to the 18th quickest time while Maldonado covered 15 and finished down in 11th.

The McLarens were 16th and 17th, with Fernando Alonso ahead of Jenson Button, both nearly three seconds off the pace.

Manor continued to make progress after hitting the track for the first time in first practice, Will Stevens the first man to leave the pits in the second session. He covered 12 laps.

Teammate Roberto Merhi's session came to an early finish, however, the Spaniard losing control of his car some 35 minutes into the session at Turn 11 after just six laps.

The incident triggered a red flag as the Manor was recovered from the gravel.

01   L. Hamilton   Mercedes 1:39.790   16
02   K. Raikkonen   Ferrari 1:40.163 +0.373 29
03   N. Rosberg   Mercedes 1:40.218 +0.428 26
04   D. Kvyat   Red Bull 1:40.346 +0.556 17
05   V. Bottas   Williams 1:40.450 +0.660 31
06   F. Massa   Williams 1:40.560 +0.770 27
07   S. Vettel   Ferrari 1:40.652 +0.862 29
08   M. Verstappen   Toro Rosso 1:41.220 +1.430 30
09   M. Ericsson   Sauber 1:41.261 +1.471 30
10   D. Ricciardo   Red Bull 1:41.799 +2.009 8
11   P. Maldonado   Lotus 1:41.877 +2.087 15
12   F. Nasr   Sauber 1:41.988 +2.198 30
13   S. Perez   Force India 1:42.242 +2.452 24
14   C. Sainz   Toro Rosso 1:42.291 +2.501 31
15   N. Hulkenberg   Force India 1:42.330 +2.540 28
16   F. Alonso   McLaren 1:42.506 +2.716 25
17   J. Button   McLaren 1:42.637 +2.847 24
18   R. Grosjean   Lotus 1:42.948 +3.158 7
19   W. Stevens   Manor 1:45.704 +5.914 12
20   R. Merhi   Manor 1:47.229 +7.439 6
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Series Formula 1
Event Malaysian GP
Sub-event Friday practice 2
Track Sepang International Circuit
Drivers Jenson Button , Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso , Lewis Hamilton , Nico Rosberg , Pastor Maldonado , Romain Grosjean , Daniel Ricciardo , Will Stevens , Roberto Merhi , Valtteri Bottas , Daniil Kvyat
Article type Practice report