Mercedes gave a clear signal of their potential by dominating the second practice session. Lewis Hamilton lapped a second quicker than any of the team’s rivals.
For the second session in a row Nico Rosberg was second-fastest followed by Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari. Rosberg ended the session under investigation after getting in Sergio Perez’s way at the final corner in the opening minutes of practice.
The Red Bull pair were higher up the times sheets, Daniel Ricciardo fourth and Sebastian Vettel seventh.
Felipe Massa completed the top five after a quiet session for the two Williams drivers. They spent most of practice in the garage and only emerged late in proceedings to conduct a handful of laps.
Several drivers encountered problems during the session. Max Chilton was taken by surprise when his Marussia snapped out of control under braking for turn four, leaving him stationary in the run-off area. The car then came back to life, but he was advised to switch it off and jump clear.
Adrian Sutil experienced a loss of power in his Sauber and came to a stop soon afterwards. And Marcus Ericsson pulled up with a few minutes to go after his team noticed a sudden increase in the temperature of his MGU-K.
Both McLaren drivers featued in the top ten, as did Daniil Kvyat despite a loss of power on his Toro Rosso towards the end of the session. Perez completed the top ten for Force India having covered the most laps of any driver.
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