F1: Mercedes AMG, Ferrari and the Red Bull Quickest at Sepang Friday
After team mate Nico Rosberg led the way in FP1, it was Lewis Hamilton’s turn to top the times for MercedesAMG in Friday afternoon’s 2nd practice for the 2016 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix.
Track temperatures at the Sepang circuit reached a really hot 54Celsius, Ferrari pushed the Silver Arrows hardest, with Sebastian Vettel just at 6/10 sec off Mr. Hamilton in 2rd, and team mate Kimi Raikkonen 4th.
The high temperatures created a slippery surface at the start, meaning oversteering racers.
Mr. Rosberg set the pace with 1m 36.343s on Pirelli’s medium tires before Mr. Hamilton dusted that with 1m 36.144s on hards and then trimmed that to 1m 35.956s.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel then went quickest on softs, with 1m 35.605s, but Mr. Rosberg edged that on the same rubber with 1m 35.177s. A 0.428s gap looked promising for The Scuderia, but Mr. Hamilton then went ot softs to reset the times with 1m 34.944s to beat Mr. Rosberg by 0.233s and Mr. Vettel by 0.661s.
After some problems early on, Mr. Raikkonen improved to 1m 35.842s on softs to take 4th on the day.
The Red Bulls trailed Ferrari, as Max Verstappen’s best on soft tires was 1m 36.037s, good enough for 5th. The teen sensation was followed by Sergio Perez on 1m 36.284s, Fernando Alonso on 1m 36.296s, Daniel Ricciardo on 1m 36.337s and Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 36.390s.
Jason Button hung in 20th place up until the last 25 mins as changes in the track conditions obliged McLaren to manage his set-up. He cut down to 1m 36.715s to move up to 10th, he complained when he was seemingly blocked from going quicker by former team mate Kevin Magnussen.
Mr. Magnussen’s rebuilt Renault got going with an hour to go, which was a solid run by the team’s mechanics after the mess the fire extinguishant left after its pit-lane fire during Friday morning’s 1st practice session.
Practice 2 results 1 through 10.
|NYSE:RACE||50.77||29 September 2016||-0.72||51.49||51.6||50.43||331,700|
|HeffX-LTN Analysis for RACE:||Overall||Short||Intermediate||Long|
|Bullish (0.31)||Neutral (0.17)||Very Bullish (0.50)||Bullish (0.25)|
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