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  1. Hamilton fastest in second practice, Raikkonen 2nd
  2. Hamilton experienced engine and telemetry trouble
  3. Champion completed few laps
  4. Merhi and Vettel spin, Kvyat has engine trouble
  5. Relive both P1 & P2 in 'Live Coverage' tab

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Right, I'm on the verge of having to reach for matchsticks to prop my eyes open so time to bring our live coverage to a close.

We'll be back at 05:30 GMT tomorrow morning for coverage of third and final practice. Join us again then.

The report on second practice by chief F1 writer Andrew Benson is in,

so head on over and have a read, especially if you are just waking up and catching up on how things panned out.

Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton was dominant in Malaysia last year, securing pole and then winning the race with ease. History to repeat? Or could some of the problems that hampered his time on the circuit today have a say on how things pan out this weekend?


A great effort from Manor as their first bit of track time in 2015 saw them complete 34 laps, with the team reporting "a reliable and solid first day".

Despite problems ruling him out of most of first practice and over 30 minutes of second, Lewis Hamilton ensured he finished Friday on top but, even so, he was not completely happy with his car.

Hamilton, though, was not alone in having issues, with fair number of drivers reporting poor grip levels.

Second practice results

1) Hamilton 2) Raikkonen 3) Rosberg 4) Kvyat 5) Bottas 6) Massa 7) Vettel 8) Verstappen 9) Ericsson 10) Ricciardo

11) Maldonado 12) Nasr 13) Perez 14) Sainz 15) Hulkenberg 16) Alonso 17) Button 18) Grosjean 19) Stevens 20) Merhi


Chequered flag

The chequered flag is waved with Lewis Hamilton top of the timesheet...

Into the closing stages of second practice and Daniil Kvyat reports an issue and has to bring his Red Bull back into the pits. A frustrating day once again for Red Bull and a concerned-looking Christian Horner watches Kvyat's return.


Mercedes: Prime (hard) tyres forNico Rosberg with a live pit stop - he's back out and underway once more... Keen eyes will have noticed a slightly unusual stop there - rehearsing the 10sec stop & go routine before the tyre change. All very slick!

Team radio

Force India's Sergio Perez: "The rears are really bad. I cannot go much faster than this."

Plenty of the drivers have been struggling with grip, particularly on the longer runs. Valtteri Bottas is the latest to report an issue, saying over team radio: "The rear is very snappy."


Fastest of all so far today and Lewis Hamilton is still not completely happy with that run. Worrying times for the rest of the field...

Team radio

Lewis Hamilton: "Can you here me? I'm having down-graded shifts everywhere."


Kimi Raikkonen passes Lewis Hamilton and the latter slows right down to give himself some clear track. He then embarks on his first timed effort on the medium compound and it is a cracker, a 1:39.790 sending him straight to the top of the timesheet.

Marcus Ericsson was alone on the circuit for a short while but there is a burst of activity as Nico Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Nasr head out to join him. Lewis Hamilton also heads back out, medium tyres strapped on.

Tom Clarkson

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

"Lewis Hamilton is back in his car. He hopped out and they took the seat out to get to the electronics but he is back in the car and about to head back out."

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Don't forget we now have all our extra streams available during practice, as well as qualifying and race - including pit lane feed, driver tracker and driver on-board.

With just over 30 minutes of the session remaining Kimi Raikkonen has the fastest time with 1:40.163, 0.055s ahead of Nico Rosberg. Valtteri Bottas is third fastest, with Felipe Massa fourth and Sebastian Vettel fifth.


Lotus: We're calling it a day for Romain's E23. Bit of investigating required that'll take longer than what remains of FP2.

Lewis Hamilton is back in the Mercedes garage and out of his car. He was told to box after Mercedes lost all telemetry and it is a frustrating day so far for the world champion. He certainly doesn't look best pleased as he stands around in the garage.

"Massive understeer," reports Jenson Button over team radio. "We are a long way from where we need to be." The Briton is currently 16th fastest, with his McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso 15th.

Kimi Raikkonen utilises the medium tyre to storm into P1 with a 1:40.163, one tenth of a second faster than Nico Rosberg.

Lewis Hamilton's first timed effort sees him slot in fifth fastest with a 1:41.169. Meanwhile, Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, on the soft tyre, go third and fourth fastest with 1:40.450 and 1:40.560 respectively.

Valterri Bottas
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Vettel skids

Sebastian Vettel loses the rear of his Ferrari at pretty much the same spot as Roberto Merhi, Turn 11, but manages to avoid sliding into the gravel and is able to get himself back under way.

Go! Go! Go!

Swift work as Roberto Merhi's Manor is lifted away and practice can resume. Lewis Hamilton blasts out of the pits and still has plenty of track time ahead of him, with 50 minutes remaining.

Roberto Merhi is one of three drivers yet to clock a timed lap, the others being Lewis Hamilton and Daniil Kvyat.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton looks set to enter the fray. He is strapped into his Mercedes and being debriefed ahead of his first run in this session.

Red flag

Roberto Merhi in gravel pit

Red flag as Roberto Merhi spins into the gravel at Turn 11, beaching his Manor. Out he gets as he waits for his car to be lifted away.

Red Bull
Red Bull Spy

The chances of cooking an egg, Karl, are very good as this picture by Red Bull Racing Spy shows. Track temperatures are a fried egg-producing 60 degrees Centigrade. Yowzer.

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Tommy Hill: Great to see @ManorF1Team on track. 3 seconds off the pace, but would love to see them fighting the McLarens.

Karl Healy: What are the chances of cooking eggs and bacon on track?

Everyone had been out on the hard tyres for the first 30 minutes of the session but Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are the first to strap on mediums ahead of some qualifying simulation runs.

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst

"Daniel Ricciardo needs to do a bit of attacking because he is only seventh fastest at the moment. He is behind the sister car, the Toro Rosso, of Max Verstappen. He is also 1.6 seconds off Nico Rosberg, a heck of a long way."

Red Bull
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Much like in the build up to the Australian GP - when the bizarre legal battle between former F1 driver Giedo van der Garde and Sauber dominated the headlines - there has been some soap opera style shenanigans in the lead up to this race.

A once happy marriage between Red Bull and engine partner Renault - who together won world titles between 2010 and 2013 - looks to be on the rocks after a bit of verbal sparring between the two.

After Red Bull's technical guru Adrian Newey claimed

there was "no obvious light at the end of tunnel" with the Renault engine, saying "it is quite a long way behind" its competitors, Renault's engine chief Cyril Abitebou
responded with "it is hard to have a partner who lies".

Is this a relationship that is destined to end in a messy divorce?

Daniel Ricciardo in the garage

Red Bull will be hoping for as trouble free a weekend as possible after a bit of mudslinging between the team and engine manufacturer Renault in the build-up to the race.

Daniel Ricciardo has been out in the second session and has the seventh fastest time - a 1:41.799.

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst

"It takes a long time from the point of starting the engine up to actually being ready and prepared. Mercedes said to me prior to the session they would get out in the second half."

The engine on Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes had been fired up a few moments ago but mechanics are still working away.