Lewis Hamilton maintained his advantage at the head of the field during the second free practice session for the 2017 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
The British three time World Champion ended the session half a second faster than the rest of the field, with Mercedes not having it all their own way. Despite Hamilton setting a 1:23.6 on the ultrasoft tyre, Ferrari were back on the pace splitting the two Mercedes, ahead of Bottas by just nine thousandths of a second. Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth, but was another four tenths back in the second Ferrari.
After impressing in the first session, predictably Red Bull fell back from the leaders. Daniel Ricciardo was a tenth behind Raikkonen in fifth, but Verstappen was one of a number of drivers to have an off track excursion to finish in sixth, and was three and a half tenths back on his teammate.
Once again there was a tight battle in the midfield pack, this time with Carlos Sainz leading that group and just a tenth behind the sister Red Bull team. The new Toro Rosso benefitting from the same Renault engine as the Red Bull team, with teammate Daniil Kvyat also rounding out the top ten. They were sandwiching the same two drivers in the top ten as the first session – the Haas of Romain Grosjean, and Renault of Nico Hulkenberg.
McLaren were the surprise of the session, Fernando Alonso finishing the session in 12th – a similar place to what he was used to last season in the Honda powered car, with new teammate Stoffel Vandoorne also putting in the mileage in 17th.
A number of drivers hit problems though, quite literally in the case of Jolyon Palmer who caused a red flag when crashing at the final corner in his Renault. After impressing in the first practice session, Felipe Massa had gear selection problems and Kevin Magnussen had a water pressure problem. Marcus Ericsson also found himself in the gravel, ending his session early.
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes||1m23.620s||–||34|
|2||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||1m24.167s||0.547s||35|
|3||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes||1m24.176s||0.556s||34|
|4||Kimi Raikkonen||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||1m24.525s||0.905s||30|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||Red Bull/Renault||1m24.650s||1.030s||27|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||Red Bull/Renault||1m25.013s||1.393s||8|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m25.084s||1.464s||34|
|8||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team||Haas/Ferrari||1m25.436s||1.816s||29|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault Sport F1 Team||Renault||1m25.478s||1.858s||36|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m25.493s||1.873s||39|
|11||Sergio Perez||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India/Mercedes||1m25.591s||1.971s||35|
|12||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda||McLaren/Honda||1m26.000s||2.380s||19|
|13||Esteban Ocon||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India/Mercedes||1m26.145s||2.525s||37|
|14||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing||Williams/Mercedes||1m26.331s||2.711s||6|
|15||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber F1 Team||Sauber/Ferrari||1m26.498s||2.878s||29|
|16||Lance Stroll||Williams Martini Racing||Williams/Mercedes||1m26.525s||2.905s||27|
|17||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren Honda||McLaren/Honda||1m26.608s||2.988s||33|
|18||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber F1 Team||Sauber/Ferrari||1m26.919s||3.299s||30|
|19||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1 Team||Haas/Ferrari||1m27.279s||3.659s||8|
|20||Jolyon Palmer||Renault Sport F1 Team||Renault||1m27.549s||3.929s||4|