Free Practice 2 Russian GP

Hamilton quickest in Free Practice 2

Lewis Hamilton hit the top of the standings in the Second Free Practice session for the 2016 Russian Grand Prix.

The current World Champion switched the lead to his championship leader teammate, with a commanding lead of six tenths of a second from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Despite finishing second, it wasn’t a great session for Vettel, stopping on the start finish straight with electrical failure. Stopping out on the circuit, it brought out the virtual safety car. He was a couple of tenths faster than first session leader Rosberg.

McLaren made an improvement in the afternoon, getting both their cars into the top ten. Jenson Button in eighth, with Fernando Alonso rounding out the top ten. Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz would narrowly miss out in the top ten, beating Force India and Haas in the midfield battle.

Having not run in the morning session Nico Hulkenberg was faster than his team mate Sergio Perez, while the other driver to have missed out in the earlier running – Kevin Magnussen was also faster than his Renault teammate.

Manor had more running than the morning session, although Pascal Wehrlein stopped on the circuit after the chequered flag fell. Sauber once again propped up the field, Ericsson half a second down on the back of the pack.

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.583s 30
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.235s 0.652s 10
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.450s 0.867s 37
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.793s 1.210s 35
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m39.084s 1.501s 34
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m39.185s 1.602s 42
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m39.193s 1.610s 32
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m39.196s 1.613s 31
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m39.289s 1.706s 38
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m39.400s 1.817s 30
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m39.465s 1.882s 37
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m39.501s 1.918s 30
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m39.795s 2.212s 31
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m39.867s 2.284s 38
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m40.193s 2.610s 41
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m40.260s 2.677s 24
17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m40.508s 2.925s 26
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m40.688s 3.105s 37
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.740s 3.157s 31
20 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m41.080s 3.497s 38
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m41.148s 3.565s 23
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.652s 4.069s 29

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