Lewis Hamilton overcomes engine problems to top FP2 in Malaysia

Lewis Hamilton topped the second free practice session after suffering an engine problem in FP1.

His lap-time of 1:39.790 was four tenths quicker than the lap set by Nico Rosberg in the morning. Rosberg’s time, however, was on a used set of the hard compound tyres while Hamilton’s was on a new set of the medium tyres. Kimi Raikkonen continued Ferrari’s impressive form by going second quickest once again, once again just under four tenths shy of the Mercedes pace. His fastest time was on a used set of medium tyres. The morning pacesetter Rosberg was third fastest.

The heat and humidity of Malaysia always creates its own unique challenges and track temperatures peaked at 56 degrees during the second practice session. This contributes to tyre degradation with the medium compound suffering more than the hard tyres. Despite this Valtteri Bottas reported over the team radio that track conditions had improved since the first practice session. After getting their first running of 2015 in the morning, Manor caused a red flag in FP2 when Roberto Merhi ended up in the gravel following a spin. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel also had a spin in the same place but did not end up in the gravel. Hamilton did not get out in the session until after the red flag with fifty minutes remaining.

Hamilton’s first run saw him go fifth fastest before improving late in the afternoon. He was forced to box due to the team losing telemetry completely. Romain Grosjean’s session came to an early end after suffering from a loss of power. Red Bull also encountered their own problems with Daniil Kvyat only completing 17 laps and Daniel Ricciardo eight laps. Free practice two times:

  1. Lewis Hamilton – 1:39.790 – 16 laps
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – 1:40.163 – 29 laps
  3. Nico Rosberg – 1:40.218 – 26 laps
  4. Daniil Kvyat – 1:40.346 – 17 laps
  5. Valtteri Bottas – 1:40.450 – 31 laps
  6. Felipe Massa – 1:40.560 – 27 laps
  7. Sebastian Vettel – 1:40.652 – 29 laps
  8. Max Verstappen – 1:41.220 – 30 laps
  9. Marcus Ericsson – 1:41.261 – 30 laps
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – 1:41.799 – 8 laps
  11. Pastor Maldonado – 1:41.877 – 15 laps
  12. Felipe Nasr – 1:41.988  – 30 laps
  13. Sergio Perez – 1:42.242 – 24 laps
  14. Carlos Sainz – 1:42.291 – 31 laps
  15. Nico Hulkenberg – 1:42.330 – 28 laps
  16. Fernando Alonso – 1:42.506 – 25 laps
  17. Jenson Button – 1:42.637 – 24 laps
  18. Romain Grosjean – 1:42.948 – 7 laps
  19. Will Stevens – 1:45.704 – 12 laps
  20. Roberto Merhi – 1:47.229 – 6 laps
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