Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the second practice for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton was just under a tenth faster than Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg as they prepare to battle for the title.
The Mercedes duo fought it out on their qualifying simulations to set their fastest lap times. Rosberg appeared to make an error on his best lap which may have cost the German a tenth. However, they still appear to have a good advantage over the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.
It wasn’t a perfect session for Hamilton because of gearbox concern telling his Mercedes team that “something didn’t feel right”. But for Hamilton it was not running his race gearbox for this weekend. Vettel had his own gearbox issues with his session ending with him losing drive at turn fourteen.
Hamilton wasn’t the only on having problems, as the Ferrari of Vettel had his own gearbox issues which proved to be more dramatic. The German was forced to stop his car under the hotel as he headed back to the pits. Previously to that Vettel had set a lap which was three tenths faster than Max Verstappen.
The Dutchman was close to his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who had been caught in traffic on his lap when he knew he could find time, finishing a slim thousandth of a second behind. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth fastest after he ran wide on his first attempt then set his best time on the next lap.
There was more trouble for the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat once again suffering a left rear puncher, like in FP1 earlier in the afternoon. This prompted the team to halt there running for the evening as a precautionary measure bring Carlos Sainz in
The issue appeared to be the car’s suspension is fouling the left rear wheel under load.
Williams Valtteri Bottas was seventh ahead of the two Force India’s and teammate Felipe Massa. Which could set them up for an battle for best of the midfield but this would not impact on the title as it has been settled, but they will continue to fight.
McLaren had a much better session with Fernando Alonso eleventh fastest and after issues earlier his team-mate Jenson Button was just behind in twelfth place.
Button after missing most of FP1, was slow to get running again in the evening session, but he recovered to complete 24 laps.
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