Lewis Hamilton tops the time sheet in Free Practice Two

Hamilton in Abu Dhabi - Octane Photographic Ltd

As the sun went down over the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, it was Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team‘s Lewis Hamilton who was quickest in Friday’s Free Practice Two.

This was the first session of the weekend that will be representative of the race on Sunday, with the running taking place as the sun sets, meaning the track and air temperatures are significantly cooler than that of Free Practice One. The teams also use it to do the core of their race simulations.

Hamiton topped the timesheets with a 1.37.877, with Scuderia Ferrari‘s Sebastian Vettel slotting into the second fastest spot in what was an uneventful session for both front-runners. Red Bull Racing‘s Daniel Ricciardo improved greatly on his tenth quickest time from Free Practice One to go third fastest in the session, although he did have an angry interaction with Romain Grosjean, who blocked him on the final corner of one of his fast laps.

Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas were fourth and fifth quickest, and Max Verstappen took the sixth fastest spot in what appeared to be a messier session for him. He struggled early on with the Ultra Soft tyres, and his race pace was slower than expected with the Super Soft tyres.

It was both Sahara Force India drivers who once more claimed the best of the rest spots, with Sergio Perez just bettering his team-mate, Esteban Ocon. Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso completed the top ten.

In his last ever Formula One Friday, Williams Martini Racing‘s Felipe Massa put his car in the eleventh fastest spot, just ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne, who had a slide early on in the session. Thirteenth was Carlos Sainz Jr.

Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly were fourteenth and fifteenth quickest, although the Frenchman was unable to set a quick time on the Ultra Soft compound tyre due to yellow flags caused by Grosjean going off. Sixteenth went to Kevin Magnussen, and the final four fastest times were Pascal Wehrlein, Marcus Ericsson, Brendon Hartley and finally Grosjean, who had a messy Friday, going off in both practice sessions.

144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1.37.877
25Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1.38.026
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1.38.180
47Kimi RaikkonnenScuderia Ferrari1.38.352
577Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1.38.537
633Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1.38.894
711Sergio PerezSahara Force India F1 Team1.39.323
831Esteban OconSahara Force India F1 Team1.39.333
927Nico HulkenbergRenault Sport Formula One Team1.39.529
1014Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda Formula 1 Team1.39.559
1119Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1.39.635
122Stoffel VandorneMcLaren Honda Formula 1 Team1.39.671
1355Carlos Sainz JrRenault Sport Formula One Team1.40.201
1418Lance StrollWilliams Martini Racing1.40.329
1527Pierre GaslyRenault Sport Formula One Team1.40.694
1620Kevin MagnussenHaas-F1 Team1.41.128
1794Pascal WehrleinSauber F1 Team1.41.270
189Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1.41.302
1928Brendon HartleyScuderia Toro Rosso1.41.496
208Romain GrosjeanHaas-F1 Team1.41.560