Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Albert Park, 2016

Hamilton stays on top as Rosberg crashes

2016 Australian Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton was quickest in another rain-hit practice session ahead of the Australian Grand Prix while his team mate hit the wall.

Unlike in first practice, the second session never dried sufficiently for dry-weather tyres to be used. The session began on a very wet track and Hamilton waited until the conditions had improved considerably before hitting the top with his first flying lap time.

Nico Rosberg took to the track much sooner but was caught out by the tricky conditions. The Mercedes got away from him at turn seven and hit the barrier, breaking its front wing.

Rosberg began to limp back to the pits but Mercedes were told by the FIA to park his car, which he duly did. That ended his participation in proceedings.

The two Force India drivers showed promising pace. Nico Hulkenberg was second fastest and Sergio Perez went quickest in the first two sectors before having to back off when the rain returned at the end of his lap.

Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz Jnr completed the top five – the latter posting his best time at the end of the session having not got on the board in the morning session. His team mate was one of seven drivers who elected not to set times, including both Williams and Renault drivers.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’38.841 7
2 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’39.308 0.467 8
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’39.486 0.645 7
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’39.535 0.694 9
5 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.694 0.853 16
6 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1’39.895 1.054 16
7 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1’40.008 1.167 13
8 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’40.761 1.920 7
9 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’41.256 2.415 8
10 26 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’42.411 3.570 10
11 21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas-Ferrari 1’42.891 4.050 10
12 94 Pascal Wehrlein Manor-Mercedes 1’43.401 4.560 25
13 8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1’43.731 4.890 8
14 88 Rio Haryanto Manor-Mercedes 1’44.304 5.463 22
15 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’47.356 8.515 4
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Renault 2
17 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 5
18 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 2
19 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 2
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0
21 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0
22 33 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0

Second practice visual gaps

Lewis Hamilton – 1’38.841

+0.467 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’39.308

+0.645 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’39.486

+0.694 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’39.535

+0.853 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’39.694

+1.054 Fernando Alonso – 1’39.895

+1.167 Jenson Button – 1’40.008

+1.920 Sebastian Vettel – 1’40.761

+2.415 Sergio Perez – 1’41.256

+3.570 Daniil Kvyat – 1’42.411

+4.050 Esteban Gutierrez – 1’42.891

+4.560 Pascal Wehrlein – 1’43.401

+4.890 Romain Grosjean – 1’43.731

+5.463 Rio Haryanto – 1’44.304

+8.515 Nico Rosberg – 1’47.356

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.