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Russian Grand Prix FP2: Lewis Hamilton fastest as Sebastian Vettel hits trouble

Russian Grand Prix FP2: Lewis Hamilton fastest as Sebastian Vettel hits trouble
Apr 29, 2016, 1:45 PM

Lewis Hamilton topped the second practice session for the 2016 Russian Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who set the second fastest time but th...

Lewis Hamilton topped the second practice session for the 2016 Russian Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who set the second fastest time but then had his running was cut short by another Ferrari reliability problem.

Vettel had topped the times on the soft tyres early on before Hamilton and his teammate Nico Rosberg moved ahead after 20 minutes of FP2 had been completed.

There were plenty of spinners during the early running – including Hamilton, who spun his Mercedes at Turn 4 after clipping a kerb on the approach to the corner and badly flatspotting his tyres as he came to a halt in the run-off area.

Sebastian Vettel

When the field switched to the supersoft tyre runs after 30 minutes, Vettel moved back to the top spot but shortly afterwards he suddenly slowed coming through the final corner and then stopped close to the wall on the pitstraight.

The virtual safety car was deployed as Vettel reported that he had “lost the electronics.” His stricken Ferrari was pushed back into the pitlane by three marshals and although it was quickly recovered to the Scuderia’s garage the four times world champion did not appear again.

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton then used his own supersofts to set the fastest time, which he later beat with a 1m37.583s, which ultimately left him 0.652s clear of Vettel.

Rosberg, who had topped FP1 earlier in the day, finished in third place and finished 0.867s slower than Hamilton.

Kimi Raikkonen ended the session fourth in the second Ferrari, 1.210s behind the reigning world champion. The Finn finished just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, who had earlier tested Red Bull’s Aeroscreen cockpit protection device on an installation lap in FP1.

Daniel Ricciardo

Valtteri Bottas was sixth for Williams, just ahead of home favourite Daniil Kvyat in the second Red Bull.

Jenson Button was an encouraging eighth for McLaren, ahead of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, who rounded out the top ten.

Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen ended up 11th and 12th for Toro Rosso, with the Force India’s of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez also finishing in line in 13th and 14th.

Kevin Magnussen finished 15th for Renault, just ahead of the Haas F1 pair, Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez. Grosjean, who spun at Turn 8 halfway through the session, reported early on: “there’s something not working on the car – since China.”

Jolyon Palmer ended up 18th in the second Renault; the British driver looked to be struggling early in FP2 as he ran wide at the penultimate corner and then suffered a huge lock-up under braking for Turn 2.

Felipe Nasr was 19th for Sauber, ahead of Manor’s Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein and his teammate Marcus Ericsson, who ended up last.

Manor Racing

Both Wehrlein and Haryanto spun during the session, with the German briefly facing the wrong way at Turn 7 and his teammate doing likewise at Turn 15.

Wehrlein then stopped in the dying moments of FP2 and he climbed out of his Manor at T15 as the chequered flag fell.

FP2 Results:


1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.583s - 30 laps

2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.235s +0.652s 10 laps

3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.450s +0.867s 37 laps

4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.793s +1.210s 35 laps

5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m39.084s +1.501s 34 laps

6 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m39.185s +1.602s 42 laps

7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1m39.193s +1.610s 32 laps

8 Jenson Button McLaren 1m39.196s +1.613s 31 laps

9 Felipe Massa Williams 1m39.289s +1.706s 38 laps

10 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1m39.400s +1.817s 30 laps

11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1m39.465s +1.882s 37 laps

12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1m39.501s +1.918s 30 laps

13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1m39.795s +2.212s 31 laps

14 Sergio Perez Force India 1m39.867s +2.284s 38 laps

15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m40.193s +2.610s 41 laps

16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1m40.260s +2.677s 24 laps

17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1m40.508s +2.925s 26 laps

18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m40.688s +3.105s 37 laps

19 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1m40.740s +3.157s 31 laps

20 Rio Haryanto Manor 1m41.080s +3.497s 38 laps

21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1m41.148s +3.565s 23 laps

22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1m41.652s +4.069s 29 laps

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