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Again it was the torrid pace of the Mercedes in Rosberg’s hands that set the standard for FP2. Unfortunately for Lewis, he was nearly a half second back in P4 as he complained all afternoon of “the car being all over the place”. Not happy days and definitely the missed testing doing Hamilton no favours, along with the sweltering track temps. It was mentioned that after 4 weeks of running the 2015 clutch which made Rosberg unhappy, and another 4 weeks of reverting to the 2014 clutch which made Lewis unhappy, Mercedes have taken the decision that each will be allowed to run the clutch that works best for them. Glad they got that sorted quickly.
Ferrari were best of the rest with Kimi ahead of Vettel on one lap pace and Red Bull settled firmly in third as Williams were typically nowhere on a Friday. Behind, Force India and Toro Rosso will no doubt be at it hammer and tongs as the new updates work their way into lap times for Perez and Hulkenberg.
All cars seemed to struggle for rear grip at times and if the temperatures remain high for quali and the race no doubt entertainment will ensue.
Grosjean, Alonso and Merhi all went rallycross during the session with Merhi and Grosjean bringing out red flags. Grosjean came off worst as he beached himself thoroughly after complaining of instability at the back. Given that he missed all of FP1 it won’t be the happiest of nights, no doubt.
Force India have employed a camouflage strategy of dressing their pit crew in exactly the same colours as the Mercedes pit crew which has already created some confusion. Should be interesting to see if that changes for tomorrow.
Mercedes ultimately received a reprimand for their illegal covering of the floor of the car at the end of FP1 and they have likely promised they won’t do it again, really.
Quali tomorrow now promises to be most interesting if Lewis can’t get his car sorted and a special shout out to the director at NBCSN who cut away from a shot of Hamilton’s practice start to show us clouds gently scudding across the sky. Appreciate that!
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull||1:35.009||0.854||25|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1:35.153||0.998||22|
|7||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso||1:35.300||1.145||37|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:35.387||1.232||34|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:35.866||1.711||37|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:36.351||2.196||28|