Lewis Hamilton was the fastest in the second free practice session for the Australian GP where Mercedes was eight tenths faster than their nearest competitor Red Bull while Ferrari was only fifth and ninth fastest.

Hamilton set his fastest lap of the day (1:22.600), which was only 1.5 seconds slower than last year’s pole position, at the half of the second free practice on soft Pirelli tyres when the track was still not at its best and still remained fastest to the end, 0.048 seconds ahead of Bottas.

Verstappen was again fast at Red Bull Honda in third place, but with a big eight tenth of a second gap to Mercedes with his best time set 15 minutes before the end as the track was in better shape.

Gasly was much closer to his team-mate than in first free practice (0.042 s behind) and finished fourth fastest in front of Vettel in Ferrari who complained about the behavior of his car in the first and fourth corners of Albert Park.

Vettel has set his best lap 1:23.473 on soft tyres and Raikkonen repeated his top 6 finish from FP1 for Alfa Romeo, one tenth behind Vettel.

Renault drivers were faster than in first practice session and finished seventh and eighth fastest – Hulkenberg was only seven hundredths of a second faster than his new team-mate Ricciardo.

Leclerc was just ninth fastest in second Ferrari, 1.154 seconds behind Hamilton, but only three tenths behind the third-placed Verstappen. The new Ferrari driver had a small spin at the Turn 4 exit kerb, but managed to continue without damage.

Grosjean was faster than Magnussen in 9th place for Haas while Dane was 12th fastest with less than two tenths behind after being quicker than Grosjean in FP1.

Kvyat was again the faster Toro Rosso driver in 11th place, splitting up Haas drivers, and Stroll was again faster than Perez in 13th place for the Racing Point.

Sainz ended FP2 in 14th place, just like in the first free practice, in front of Giovinazzi, Perez, Albon and Norris.

Williams remained cemented in the last two places, like in FP1, but in the second free practice Russell was two tenths of a second faster than Kubica.


1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.600 33
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:22.648 0.048 33
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1:23.400 0.800 33
4 10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1:23.442 0.842 31
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:23.473 0.873 35
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:23.572 0.972 40
7 27 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:23.574 0.974 37
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:23.644 1.044 31
9 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:23.754 1.154 35
10 8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:23.814 1.214 37
11 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1:23.933 1.333 36
12 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1:23.988 1.388 27
13 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1:24.011 1.411 38
14 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren/Renault 1:24.133 1.533 26
15 99 A.Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:24.293 1.693 37
16 11 Sergio Pérez Racing Point/Mercedes 1:24.401 1.801 34
17 23 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1:24.675 2.075 40
18 4 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1:24.733 2.133 26
19 63 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1:26.453 3.853 32
20 88 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1:26.655 4.055 33
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