Mercedes AMG Petronas’ Lewis Hamilton once again topped the timing screens at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu-Dhabi. Hamilton held on to the advantage over teammate Nico Rosberg by 0.079 seconds, despite complaining about wheel balance issues early on during the session.
Sebastian Vettel suffered from a gearbox failure during the latter stages of the session, but this did not affect his overall running time as he finished the session in third, behind Rosberg. The two Red Bull Racing cars of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished the session in fourth and fifth. The second Scuderia Ferrari in the hands of Kimi Raikkonen finished in sixth.
Williams Martini Racing’s Valtteri Bottas finished the second practice session in seventh ahead of Sahara Force India’s Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg finished in eighth and ninth ahead of the second Williams car in the hands of Felipe Massa, finishing his last ever free practice two session in tenth.
McLaren Honda’s Fernando Alonso finished in eleventh ahead of teammate Jenson Button finishing the session in twelfth. Haas’ Esteban Gutierrez finished in thirteenth ahead of teammate Romain Grosjean in fourteenth. Renault Sport’s Jolyon Palmer finished the session in fifteenth. Manor Racing’s Esteban Ocon showed a promising performance during the session that he finished in sixteenth. Manor Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein finished the session in seventeenth ahead of the two Sauber’s in the hands of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson, who finished in eighteenth and nineteenth. Renault Sport’s Kevin Magnussen finished the second session in twentieth.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat had an early puncture on the left rear, causing him to spin at high speed. Luckily the Russian had a huge run off area to collect the car and have minimal damage. Unfortunately, this meant the end of both of the Toro Rosso cars session. The team investigated the issues that had affected the cars in both session. Due to this Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat finished the session in twenty-first and twenty-second.
©Fay Tilley 26th November 2016.