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Hamilton quickest in FP2 Abu Dhabi!

Posted on November 24, 2017

Lewis Hamilton responded to Sebastian Vettel's early pace in FP1 by setting a new track record in Abu Dhabi to finish top of the pile in FP2.

Hamilton set a 1:37.877 on the ultrasoft tyres, one tenth quicker than Vettel and three tenths faster than Daniel Ricciardo who rounded off the top three.

Vettel's team-mate Raikkonen was four tenths off the pace, with Bottas a couple of tenths further back. Max Verstappen struggled to get into any sort of rhythm and was just over a second behind in P6.

As the sun began to set and temperatures cooled, the conditions were much more representative of what is to come in Sunday's race and led to a hive of activity throughout the second practice session.

Hamilton got the better of the early exchanges, setting a 1:38.912 on supersoft tyres with Ricciardo, four tenths behind, the nearest rival.

Bottas, Vettel and Raikkonen were all eight tenths off the pace on the same tyre before they headed back into the pits for the first time.

Turn 20 proved problematic for both Lance Stroll in the Williams and Stoffel Vandoorne in the McLaren as the rear of their cars snapped away from them and were spat out onto the wide run-off area.

With just over an hour of the session remaining and darkness continuing to creep in, the qualifying simulation programmes got into full flow.

Ricciardo's first hot lap on the ultrasofts was disrupted by an idling Romain Grosjean, who was shown the middle finger for his troubles.

The Aussie eventually improved to P3 after finally getting a clean lap together, but it was Hamilton who remained out in front by setting a 1:37.877 – a new track record – on the ultras.

Vettel was a tenth behind in P2, yet he was the driver who improved the most after finding 1.7 seconds from supersofts to ultrasofts.

The clock ticked down and inside the second half of the session, meaning attention turned to the race simulation programmes.

Hamilton's run on the ultrasofts ended a little earlier than scheduled after he locked up at Turn 17 and flat-spotted his tyres, forcing him to switch back to the supers with 30 minutes remaining.

The race simulations went by without any major incidents; Brendon Hartley, who has another 10-place grid penalty to contend with this weekend, the only other driver to spin off on entry into Turn 1.

Mercedes had the pace advantage on both sets of tyres, with Hamilton's fresher engine which was put in at Brazil no doubt having a big impact on the long-run data.

FP2 leaderboard:

1    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes    1:37.877    US  
2    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari    1:38.026    0.149    US
3    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull    1:38.180    0.303 US   
4    Kimi Raikkonen    Ferrari    1:38.352    0.475    US
5    Valtteri Bottas    Mercedes    1:38.537    0.660    US
6    Max Verstappen    Red Bull    1:38.894    1.017    US
7    Sergio Perez    Force India    1:39.323    1.446    US
8    Esteban Ocon    Force India    1:39.333    1.456    US
9    Nico Hulkenberg    Renault Sport    1:39.529    1.652  US  
10    Fernando Alonso    McLaren    1:39.559    1.682  US  
11    Felipe Massa    Williams    1:39.635    1.758    US
12    Stoffel Vandoorne    McLaren    1:39.671    1.794    US
13    Carlos Sainz    Renault Sport    1:40.201    2.324 US   
14    Lance Stroll    Williams    1:40.329    2.452    US
15    Pierre Gasly    Toro Rosso    1:40.694    2.817    SS
16    Kevin Magnussen    Haas    1:41.128    3.251    US
17    Pascal Wehrlein    Sauber    1:41.270    3.393    US
18    Marcus Ericsson    Sauber    1:41.302    3.425    US
19    Brendon Hartley    Toro Rosso    1:41.496    3.619    US
20    Romain Grosjean    Haas    1:41.560    3.683    SS

 

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