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FP2 - Rosberg edges ahead at Yas Marina

27 Nov 2015

As in FP1, just a tenth of a second separated the two Mercedes in Friday evening's second practice for the 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This time, however, it was Nico Rosberg leading Lewis Hamilton in a closely-fought session which saw the top nine cars covered by less than a second.

PRACTICE TWO RESULTS

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg ROS Mercedes 1:41.983 39
2 44 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:42.121 +0.138s 31
3 11 Sergio Perez PER Force India 1:42.610 +0.627s 23
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing 1:42.647 +0.664s 37
5 5 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:42.717 +0.734s 35
6 26 Daniil Kvyat KVY Red Bull Racing 1:42.798 +0.815s 34
7 7 Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 1:42.849 +0.866s 36
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg HUL Force India 1:42.928 +0.945s 35
9 14 Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren 1:42.955 +0.972s 31
10 13 Pastor Maldonado MAL Lotus 1:43.431 +1.448s 37

Sergio Perez was only half a second behind in the Force India, showing there is no room for complacency in the Silver Arrows camp, followed by the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo. Sebastian Vettel was the lead Ferrari in fifth, separated from team mate Kimi Raikkonen by the second Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was eighth fastest, ahead of Fernando Alonso in an impressive ninth for McLaren. Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado completed the top ten.

In contrast to the first session it was Hamilton who set the initial pace, with a best of 1m 42.524s on the soft Pirelli tyres to Rosberg’s 1m 42.899s. When they changed to the supersofts, however, Rosberg lapped in 1m 41.983s to head Hamilton on 1m 42.121s.

Perez kept them under pressure, however, with a lap of 1m 42.610s which put him third, fractionally ahead of Ricciardo on 1m 42.647s, Vettel on 1m 42.717s and Kvyat on 1m 42.798s. With Raikkonen next on 1m 42.849s from Hulkenberg on 1m 42.928s and Alonso on 1m 42.955s, the field was very tightly packed.

Williams only managed 11th and 12th, with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa on 1m 43.441s and 1m 43.506s respectively, but they do not usually show their full hand until Saturday and on last year’s showing should move up in FP3 and qualifying.

It was once again a relatively quiet session, the main drama being when Carlos Sainz’s Toro Rosso rolled to a halt with 30 minutes to go with an undisclosed mechanical problem.