Melbourne, FP2: Hamilton heads Mercedes 1-2 in second practice
Verstappen 3rd and Gasly 4th
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of second practice for the Australian Grand Prix, beating Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas with the defending champion team followed by the drivers of Red Bull and Ferrari.
Hamilton claimed the top spot on the yellow-banded C2 medium compound on offer from Pirelli this weekend. The lap arrived midway through the 90-minute session and eventually left the five-time champion 0.048s clear of Bottas.
Behind the Mercedes duo, Max Verstappen was third fastest for Honda-powered Red Bull, though the Dutchman was 0.8s slower than Hamilton, after delaying his performance run until the late stages of the session.
Verstappen’s time of 1:23.400 put him four hundredths of a second clear of new team-mate Pierre Gasly.
Ferrari, who saw Sebastian Vettel take P2 in the morning with a deficit of less than four hundredths of a second to Hamilton, had a more difficult second session both drivers complaining of handling issues.
Vettel bolted on a set of red banded C3 Pirellis, the softest on offer at Albert Park later in the session and clawed his way to fifth place 0.873s off Hamilton. Team-mate Charles Leclerc finished the session in ninth place 0.281s behind Vettel. The Monegasque driver also had a spin during the session, losing control at the exit of Turn 4. The incident was a minor one, however, and he was able to continue on his way.
As in the morning session, Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen was best-of-the-rest in sixth place, 0.972 behind Hamilton and just two thousands of a second clear of Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg. The German driver ended the session 0.070s ahead of his new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
The top 10 order was completed by Haas’ Romain Grosjean who finished 1.214 off the P1 pace.
|01||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W10||1:22.600||33|
|02||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes W10||1:22.648||33|
|03||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Honda RB15||1:23.400||33|
|04||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull Honda RB15||1:23.442||31|
|05||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari SF90||1:23.473||35|
|06||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38||1:23.572||40|
|07||Nico Hülkenberg||Renault RS19||1:23.574||37|
|08||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault RS19||1:23.644||31|
|09||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari SF90||1:23.754||35|
|10||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari VF-19||1:23.814||37|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso Honda STR14||1:23.933||36|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari VF-19||1:23.988||27|
|13||Lance Stroll||Racing Point Mercedes RP19||1:24.011||38|
|14||Carlos Sainz||McLaren Renault MCL34||1:24.133||26|
|15||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38||1:24.293||37|
|16||Sergio Pérez||Racing Point Mercedes RP19||1:24.401||34|
|17||Alex Albon||Toro Rosso Honda STR14||1:24.675||40|
|18||Lando Norris||McLaren Renault MCL34||1:24.733||26|
|19||George Russell||Williams Mercedes FW42||1:26.453||32|
|20||Robert Kubica||Williams Mercedes FW42||1:26.655||33|