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Summary

  1. Rosberg top in both practice sessions, Hamilton 2nd
  2. Vettel 4th, Raikkonen 5th for Ferrari
  3. Magnussen crashes for McLaren, Massa out
  4. Ericsson's rear suspension breaks for Sauber
  5. Saubers run for first time after legal dispute
  6. Manor cars in the garage, but will not run

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Melbourne to promote his body building and multi sports competition, but he is not the only one showing his strength in the city, after a dominant display from Mercedes.

That's all from us for coverage of Australian Grand Prix practice. If you are just waking up then

have a read of Andrew Benson's report.

We'll be back early on Saturday morning to guide you through third practice, and then qualifying. Join us again then at 02:30 GMT. See you later!

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who was fifth fastest: "It felt good but we'll get more out of the car. The times could be telling a little lie."

Lewis Hamilton, after finishing second fastest behind Nico Rosberg in practice: "Qualifying between me and Nico will be as tight as it always is."

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Five drivers dipped below 1:30 in the second practice session, while Toro Rosso rookie Carlos Sainz Jr got plenty of time out on the circuit, getting 73 laps under his belt across the two sessions.

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Melbourne

"Mercedes are miles ahead. Difficult to call between Ferrari, Williams, Red Bull, bearing in mind usual fuel-load differences of those teams.

"McLaren-Honda, meanwhile... oh dear. Likely to qualify right at the back, Manor permitting."

Second practice results

1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Sebastian Vettel 4) Kimi Raikkonen 5) Valtteri Bottas 6) Daniil Kvyat 7) Carlos Sainz Jr 8) Pastor Maldonado 9) Romain Grosjean 10) Nico Hulkenberg

11) Felipe Nasr 12) Sergio Perez 13) Jenson Button 14) Max Verstappen 15) Marcus Eeicsson 16) Kevin Magnussen

Did not take part

17) Daniel Ricciardo 18) Felipe Massa 19) Will Stevens 20) Roberto Merhi

NICO ROSBERG FINISHES FASTEST IN SECOND PRACTICE FOR THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX.

Chequered flag

The chequered flag is out and the second practice session is over and it looks like Mercedes are picking up where they left off...

Nico Rosberg, whose time of 1:27.697 remains the benchmark, is back in the pits. Is that him done for the session? Nope, he rolls out for one last venture on to the circuit. Less than a minute left.

Williams: 27 laps on the board and it's pitstop practice in the final 5 minutes of FP2.

Jenson Button reports a loss of power in the McLaren as heads into the pitlane and that could be him for today with a little over five minutes remaining.

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst

"The two Mercedes are about eight tenths/ninth tenths of a second on average quicker than the two Ferraris. I would say that Valtteri Bottas in the Williams is pretty nip and tuck with the Ferraris in the long runs.

"It is difficult to see where the Red Bulls are because Daniil Kvyat is the only one on track at the moment and it will not be until tomorrow until we see their potential."

Mercedes: Slightly longer runs underway: 7 laps apiece thus far for Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg. Practice pit stops also planned before FP2 ends.

Into the closing stages of second practice and once again it is the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton who are leading the way. Just over half a second behind the Mercedes is Sebastian Vettel, with his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen fourth fastest.

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Ferrari 156 Shark Nose
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Earlier we asked you to pick your favourite car from a selection of seven - and the winner is... the 'Shark nose' Ferrari 156. Phil Hill, pictured, drove it to the 1961 F1 drivers' title.

Take a look at the full result to see what percentage of the votes went to which cars.

Carlos Sainz Jr spins the Toro Rosso, going down a small escape road at Turn 15 before recovering and going on his way once again. All good.

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst

"Mercedes are setting into race mode already while everyone else is still fine tuning their cars and getting them used to the track."

A little under 30 minutes left in this session and Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are on to their race simulation.

Kevin Magnussen: "The crash was my mistake. Just lost the rear on the entry and unfortunately hit the wall and damaged the left front. Another day tomorrow!"

Jenson Button improves on the soft tyres with a 1:31.428 moving him up from 15th to 13th.

Lotus
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Lotus: Nicely full garage with both cars in. Just a bout of tweakerage before unleashing both #E23 Hybrids again.

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst

"Jenson Button is out on the circuit in the McLaren, he has done 10 laps so far and is out on the soft tyres. The front of the car doesn't look like it is working at all, it is very lazy to turn round the corners and it looks like a bit of a slow lap."

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Rachel T: I think poor old Jenson might end up wishing he had retired after all last year. McLaren Honda have Mount Fuji to climb.

PhilSlocombe: If anyone can challenge Mercedes, it will probably be Williams.

Kieran Rennie: Could we see some real competition between Mercedes and Ferrari this year? Oh say it could be so! *sporting a wry smile*

Here's the order coming up to an hour into FP2.

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There's just the sound of a solitary Force India out on the circuit, with Nico Hulkenberg keeping the crowd moderately entertained while everyone else is back in the pits.

Mercedes: Nothing to separate our boys already in 2015 - A couple of hundredths in it during #FP1, just a tenth so far in #FP2! So close!

Tom Clarkson

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

"I am at Toro Rosso's garage where Max Verstappen is and he isn't going to be getting into that car anytime soon. A suspected battery problem means the floor is off."

And there it is! Nico Rosberg is round with a 1:27.697 to nudge off Sebastian Vettel from P1.

Lewis Hamilton was not far behind Rosberg in switching to soft tyres and he goes a shade slower than his Mercedes team-mate, slotting into P2 with a 1:27.797.

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McLaren

McLaren: Jenson Button takes on some flow-vis paint before heading out of the box.

Williams Valtteri Bottas has also switched over to the soft tyres. He has the eighth fastest time so far in FP2.

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Sparks kick up from underneath Pastor Maldonado's car, the titanium skid blocks making it look more dramatic than it was.

Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg straps soft tyres on to his Mercedes and we could be seeing a new benchmark time very soon.

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst

"Marcus Ericsson ran on to the kerb, nothing untoward, but immediately something failed with the left rear suspension."

Smoke plumes out of the left rear of Marcus Ericsson's Sauber and he is trying to limp it back to the pits. It was early in the lap so he has a fair distance to go in that condition.

"Something has broken," he reports over team radio. "Rear suspension I think."

McLaren need the MP4-30 to rack up a few laps today and Jenson Button is doing just that at the moment. His best time so far is a 1:33.057.

Could we see a few new lap records set this season?

Times in testing suggest so - highlighted by Nico Rosberg's benchmark time of 1:22.792.

Pirelli predicts lap times could be two seconds quicker than last year.

"The new rear structure increases traction and helps drivers get onto the power earlier: one of the factors that has led to faster lap times this year," says Pirelli Motorsport director Paul Hembrey.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are back out on the circuit. Rosberg, still on the medium tyres, goes third with a 1:29.937.

Kimi Raikkonen goes into P1 with 1:28.842 on the soft tyres, a time which is then bettered by Sebastian Vettel, who posts a 1:28.412.

Ferrari have sent out Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen on the soft tyres. Let's see what times they can do now.

Mercedes
Mercedes

Mercedes: Speaking of the weather, it's a beauty here in Melbourne: blue sky, sunshine, air 20deg, track 40deg... mega!

Mega? Is this the '90s?

Kevin Magnussen's McLaren team-mate Jenson Button heads out for the first time in FP2. He has yet to set a lap time in this session.