Lewis Hamilton takes the lead for Mercedes in the second free practice of the Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis_Hamilton-Australian_GP-F01This morning’s opening session in Melbourne, the first of Formula One racing’s new turbocharged hybrid 1.6-litre V6 engine era, saw Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso top the times from McLaren’s Jenson Button. Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were third and fourth fastest, ahead of home favourite Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull.

Nico Rosberg was sixth fastest, but team mate Lewis Hamilton – another of the pre-race favourites – had a nightmare session as his Mercedes ground to a smoky halt on his first lap of the day. Lotus and Caterham were two other teams who hit trouble in FP1, with Romain Grosjean unable to get out of the Lotus garage at all.

Mercedes lived up to their billing as pre-race favourites by taking a commanding one-two in second practice in Australia on Friday afternoon.
Lewis Hamilton, who missed almost all of FP1 after his car developed a technical issue, showed team mate Nico Rosberg the way, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel in third and fourth positions.

01.United Kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas1:29.62537
02.Deutschland Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas1:29.78231
03.Spain Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:30.13228
04.Deutschland Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:30.38141
05.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonMcLaren Mercedes1:30.51033
06.Australia Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:30.53838
07.Finland Kimi RaikkonenScuderia Ferrari1:30.89832
08.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:30.92038
09.Denmark Kevin MagnussenMcLaren Mercedes1:31.03134
10.Deutschland Nico HulkenbergSahara Force India1:31.05433
11.France Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:31.06035
12.Brazil Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:31.11931
13.Mexico Sergio PerezSahara Force India1:31.28336
14.Deutschland Adrian SutilSauber F1 Team1:32.35536
15.Mexico Esteban GutierrezSauber F1 Team1:32.46826
16.Russia Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1:32.49536
17.France Jules BianchiMarussia F1 Team1:33.48629
18.France Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team1:32.64612
19.United Kingdom Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team1:34.75729
20.Sweden Marcus EricssonCaterham F1 Teamno time1
21.Japan Kamui KobayashiCaterham F1 Teamno time0
22.Venezuela Pastor MaldonadoLotus F1 Teamno time0