Hamilton continues Abu Dhabi domination in FP2


Lewis Hamilton continued to set the pace in Abu Dhabi as the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS duo extended their reign of domination in second practice.

As teams turned their attention to super soft qualifying and long run simulations, Hamilton and championship rival Nico Rosberg continued to head the field, with only 0.073s separating the title protagonists.

The two Mercedes drivers were once again well clear of the rest of the field, although by not as much as was seen in first practice earlier in the day, with Kevin Magnussen finishing third for McLaren 0.762s adrift.

Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest for Infiniti Red Bull Racing, with the German the fourth and final driver to set a lap time beneath 1:43s, while Valtteri Bottas in fifth was the fifth and final driver to get within one second of the pace of the Mercedes team, the Williams Martini Racing driver just ahead of the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

Kimi Raikkonen was seventh for Ferrari, but his team-mate Fernando Alonso’s session was over very early, with his Ferrari shutting itself off between turns nineteen and twenty after just two laps, with the Spaniard finishing the session without setting a lap time.

Jenson Button was eighth in the second McLaren after starting his session late after the hydraulic issue that cost him most of first practice took a while to be sorted out. He finished just ahead of Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat and the second Williams of Felipe Massa.

Abu Dhabi Free Practice 2 Times

Pos No Driver Nat Team Time/Retired Gap
1 44 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes 1:42.113
2 6 Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes 1:42.196 0.073
3 20 Kevin Magnussen DEN McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.895 0.762
4 1 Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:42.959 0.846
5 77 Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Mercedes 1:43.070 0.957
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:43.183 1.070
7 7 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari 1:43.489 1.376
8 22 Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:43.503 1.390
9 26 Daniil Kvyat RUS STR-Renault 1:43.546 1.433
10 19 Felipe Massa BRZ Williams-Mercedes 1:43.558 1.445
11 11 Sergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes 1:43.746 1.633
12 13 Pastor Maldonado VEN Lotus-Renault 1:44.005 1.892
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1:44.068 1.955
14 25 Jean-Eric Vergne FRA STR-Renault 1:44.157 2.044
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez MEX Sauber-Ferrari 1:44.316 2.203
16 99 Adrian Sutil GER Sauber-Ferrari 1:44.763 2.650
17 8 Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Renault 1:44.986 2.873
18 10 Kamui Kobayashi JAP Caterham-Renault 1:45.505 3.392
19 46 Will Stevens GBR Caterham-Renault 1:47.057 4.944
20 14 Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari No Time