Hamilton tops second practice under the lights of Abu Dhabi


Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team topped the timesheets in the second free practice session of the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina as the two title contenders repeated their pace of the earlier session, Lewis Hamilton managed to hold on to the advantage over his team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.079 seconds, despite complaining of wheel balance issues early in the session.

A gearbox failure from Sebastien Vettel‘s Scuderia Ferrari late in the session didn’t affect his overall running as he finished the session in third place ahead of the two Red Bull Racing cars of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. The other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top six.

Valterri Bottas led the Williams Martini Racing efforts as he finished the day with the seventh fastest time as the two Sahara Force India F1 Team cars of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg split the two Williams cars with Felipe Massa finishing his last FP2 session in tenth place.

McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team finished just outside the top ten with Fernando Alonso in eleventh and Jenson Button in twelfth. In a reversal of the morning session, Esteban Gutierrez finished ahead of Haas F1 Team rival Romain Grosjean.

Esteban Ocon showed promising pace to finish the session in sixteenth place in his Manor Racing MRT car, just behind the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team car of Jolyon Palmer. Pascal Wehrlein outpaced the two Sauber F1 Team cars of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson while Kevin Magnussen languished in twentieth

An early puncture for Daniil Kvyat on the left rear saw him spin at high speed, thankfully for the Russian the huge run off areas allowed him to get away with minimal damage. Unfortunately for the Scuderia Toro Rosso team this would signal the end of the session for their cars as the investigated the issue that effected their car in both sessions, the result saw Carlos Sainz Jr. and Kvyat prop up the bottom of the table.

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – FP2 Results

Pos   Driver	         Chassis	Engine	   Laps	  Time	        Gap	Int.
1     Lewis Hamilton 	 Mercedes	Mercedes   36	  1'40.861	 	 
2     Nico Rosberg 	 Mercedes	Mercedes   38	  1'40.940	0.079	0.079
3     Sebastian Vettel 	 Ferrari	Ferrari	   31	  1'41.130	0.269	0.190
4     Max Verstappen 	 Red Bull	TAG	   24	  1'41.389	0.528	0.259
5     Daniel Ricciardo 	 Red Bull	TAG	   33	  1'41.390	0.529	0.001
6     Kimi Raikkonen 	 Ferrari	Ferrari	   34	  1'41.464	0.603	0.074
7     Valtteri Bottas 	 Williams	Mercedes   35	  1'41.959	1.098	0.495
8     Sergio Perez 	 Force India	Mercedes   35	  1'42.041	1.180	0.082
9     Nico Hulkenberg 	 Force India	Mercedes   36	  1'42.264	1.403	0.223
10    Felipe Massa 	 Williams	Mercedes   36	  1'42.268	1.407	0.004
11    Fernando Alonso 	 McLaren	Honda	   33	  1'42.366	1.505	0.098
12    Jenson Button 	 McLaren	Honda	   24	  1'42.823	1.962	0.457
13    Esteban Gutierrez  Haas	        Ferrari	   35	  1'43.012	2.151	0.189
14    Romain Grosjean 	 Haas	        Ferrari	   17	  1'43.108	2.247	0.096
15    Jolyon Palmer 	 Renault	Renault	   33	  1'43.272	2.411	0.164
16    Esteban Ocon 	 Manor	        Mercedes   35	  1'43.600	2.739	0.328
17    Pascal Wehrlein 	 Manor	        Mercedes   33	  1'43.754	2.893	0.154
18    Felipe Nasr 	 Sauber	        Ferrari	   36	  1'43.903	3.042	0.149
19    Marcus Ericsson 	 Sauber	        Ferrari	   34	  1'44.045	3.184	0.142
20    Kevin Magnussen 	 Renault	Renault	   25	  1'44.117	3.256	0.072
21    Carlos Sainz Jr. 	 Toro Rosso	Ferrari	   5	  1'44.478	3.617	0.361
22    Daniil Kvyat 	 Toro Rosso	Ferrari	   4  	  1'45.948	5.087	1.470