Rosberg assumes top spot in second practice


Nico Rosberg took top spot in second practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, reversing the positions seen in opening practice earlier in the day.

The Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS duo were once again the class of the field, with Rosberg’s time of 1m41.983s seeing him end the session 0.138s faster than Hamilton but more than six-tenths of a second faster than third placed Sergio Perez, who impressed once more for Sahara Force India.

Despite seeing his session ended twenty minutes early due to a brake problem, Perez outpaced Daniel Ricciardo in the leading Infiniti Red Bull Racing entry by 0.037s, with the Australian reverting to the older specification Renault engine for this weekend rather than the upgraded engine he used two weeks ago in Brazil.

Sebastian Vettel finished the session in fifth for Scuderia Ferrari, with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen seventh just behind the second Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat.

Nico Hulkenberg confirmed Force India’s pace by finishing the session in eighth, while McLaren-Honda saw Fernando Alonso get within a second of the ultimate pace, with the Spaniard ending ninth ahead of Pastor Maldonado for Lotus.

Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa had another relatively disappointing session for the Williams Martini Racing team, ending eleventh and twelfth respectively, ahead of another duo of team-mates, Max Verstappen outpacing Carlos Sainz Jr in the battle of the Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers.

Romain Grosjean, who is racing for the Lotus team for the final time this weekend ahead of his move to the Haas F1 Team in 2016, placed fifteenth, ahead of the second McLaren of Jenson Button, while the two Sauber F1 Team drivers were down in P17 and P18 respectively, Felipe Nasr ahead of Marcus Ericsson.

After being more than a second adrift of team-mate Will Stevens in first practice, Roberto Merhi cut the gap to his British team-mate to just 0.572s in the second session, with the Manor F1 Team drivers again well adrift of the rest of the field.

Yas Marina Circuit Free Practice 2 Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
16Nico RosbergGERMercedes1m41.983s
244Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes1m42.121s
311Sergio PerezMEXForce India-Mercedes1m42.610s
43Daniel RicciardoAUSRed Bull-Renault1m42.647s
55Sebastian VettelGERFerrari1m42.717s
626Daniil KvyatRUSRed Bull-Renault1m42.798s
77Kimi RaikkonenFINFerrari1m42.849s
827Nico HulkenbergGERForce India-Mercedes1m42.928s
914Fernando AlonsoESPMcLaren-Honda1m42.955s
1013Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus-Mercedes1m43.431s
1177Valtteri BottasFINWilliams-Mercedes1m43.441s
1219Felipe MassaBRZWilliams-Mercedes1m43.506s
1333Max VerstappenNEDToro Rosso-Renault1m43.662s
1455Carlos Sainz JrESPToro Rosso-Renault1m43.854s
158Romain GrosjeanFRALotus-Mercedes1m43.929s
1622Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren-Honda1m44.050s
1712Felipe NasrBRZSauber-Ferrari1m44.116s
189Marcus EricssonSWESauber-Ferrari1m45.245s
1928Will StevensGBRManor-Ferrari1m46.450s
2098Roberto MerhiESPManor-Ferrari1m47.022s