Lewis Hamilton once again topped the second practice session for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix. The world champion was .4 of a second faster than the Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third.
Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg spun out hitting the wall with the new front wing which the team purposely chose not to run in P1 to avoid damage. Red Bull’s Daneil Ricciardo was fourth followed by Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz, and the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.]
Roberg later explained why he spun “I just accelerated a little too much and I lost the car so that wasn’t good.”
More rain cause disruption to the track action with damp and conditions wild and wind. This gave the photographers wonderful images of the Red Bull. Sainz put the Toro Rosso fastest as the times began to fall on track. Hulkenberg jumped up to a 42.3 before Sergio Perez jumped up.
The conditions as ever couldn’t provide any clear comparisons on were the teams are. But its believed that Mercedes and Ferrari are still the leaders going into the race.
Hamiltons fastest time was set late in the session as following Rosberg’s crash he waited for a dryer line to emerge. Hulkenberg responded to his time only for Hamilton to go quicker.
He told Sky Sports “The car performed well and although we didn’t get a huge number of laps in, they were still quite constructive sessions. I was lucky to get a couple of dry laps to get a tiny feeling for what the balance .”
Verstappen and the Williams, Renault and Sauber’s were the only ones not to set a time.