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Summary

  1. Hamilton fastest, Verstappen 2nd, Vettel 3rd
  2. Vettel spins, complaining of handling problems
  3. Hamilton can win the world title on Sunday
  4. Final practice at 17:00 BST on Saturday; qualifying at 22:00

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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

And we are going to end the live page there.

Some times for you to look out for tomorrow. Our page will be up and running at 16:30 BST, before the final practice session starts at 17:00 BST.

Then, qualifying starts at 22:00 BST and you don't want to miss out on that.

Once again, as he has been so often this season, Lewis Hamilton is the man to beat. Two practice sessions, and he was fastest in both of them.

As always, thank you for all your comments and we will be back tomorrow, hope you can join us. See you then.

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Hamilton top in Austin as Vettel struggles

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Andrew Benson's report from the second practice session is live here.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was in scintillating form as he set the pace in practice at the United States Grand Prix.

Hamilton's title rival Sebastian Vettel could manage only third quickest, 0.524 seconds behind the Mercedes, and behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Hamilton leads Vettel by 59 points and will take the title if he wins the race and the German is lower than fifth.

Vettel suffered a spin at Turn 19, costing him significant track time.

What makes the Hulk angry?

In case you haven't seen this, it is well worth a watch.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg spoke to BBC Sport earlier this week and gave his thoughts on a variety of subjects, including what makes him angry.

Watch along here.

Nico Hulkenberg: So what does make the Hulk angry?

The final standings

These are the stats you need from practice session two. Once again, it is a great sight for Mercedes fans.

Remember, they will also clinch the Constructors' Championship if either Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas wins on Sunday.

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The bottom 10

Brendon Hartley comes 17th on his Toro Rosso debut, while Carlos Sainz out-performed new Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.

There is a lot of work for American team Haas to do in their home Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen was 14th quickest and there was no-one slower than his team-mate Romain Grosjean.

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The top 10

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Jennifer Harris: Sorry, with another three races after this one, we do NOT want to see the championship decided this w/e.

Remember, if Hamilton wins on Sunday, Vettel would need to finish in the top five to keep it going on until Mexico next week,

If Hamilton comes second then Vettel would need to come in the top eight, or Bottas would need to win the race or it is all over.

So it is first (Hamilton) and fourth (Bottas) for Mercedes, second (Verstappen) and fifth (Ricciardo) for Red Bull and third (Vettel) and sixth (Raikkonen) for Ferrari.

Fernando Alonso, who only completed one lap in session one earlier today, is the best of the rest in his McLaren.

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BreakingHamilton fastest in second practice

He was fastest in session one, and Lewis Hamilton is also the fastest in session two. What a day for him.

He is closing in on the world title and this is another statement showing his dominance.

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Let's get ready to rumble...

Legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer will be introducing the drivers on Sunday. Seems like he is looking forward to it.

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Jeremiah Kariuki: Ferrari team know how to form a human team whenever Vettel's car has an issue! Just to keep off the cameras!

Rod Peel‏: Ferrari are displaying all the signs of a team that is deeply ashamed of their performance. It is sad that they are not open.

Vettel third, Raikkonen sixth, another below-par day for Ferrari.

We haven't mentioned Felipe Massa too much today, but he and his Williams team will be content with the eighth-place that he currently finds himself in. Team-mate Lance Stroll, meanwhile, is well off the pace in 16th.

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Your first Formula 1 memories / memorable F1 debuts

Kristine Kirby: My F1 memory isn’t technically my first F1, but it was the announcement that Senna & Prost would be teammates. My father cursed!

Dave Dykes: I remember watching Senna driving the Team Lotus 97T at the 1985 European Grand Prix Nurburgring.

Can anyone stop Hamilton?

With 10 minutes to go we haven't seen much change at the top of the times for a while. Anyone going to make a late surge to deny Lewis Hamilton a perfect day?

Alonso's damage repaired

Of course Fernando Alonso would have some problem in a session.

But it is nothing too serious and he is back out there, trying to improve on the seventh place that he currently occupies.

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Quarter of an hour to go

Fifteen minutes left.

  1. Hamilton
  2. Verstappen
  3. Vettel
  4. Bottas
  5. Ricciardo
  6. Raikkonen
  7. Alonso
  8. Massa
  9. Perez
  10. Ocon

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Your first Formula 1 memories / memorable F1 debuts

Jennifer Harris: My first F1 experience. Suzuka 2004. With the Schumacher brothers and our Jens on the podium. Got sunburnt in October. Brill.

Formula 1 Fan: Attending the British GP when my Dad worked for Williams. Walked past Senna and met Nigel Mansell; played Transformers with his sons!

Sam Godfrey: First memory is the 96 Japanese GP. Specifically, a Williams with a wheel missing stuck in the gravel making Hill the champion.

Ralph and Michael Schumacher 2004
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Montoya watches on

Juan Pablo Montoya, a winner of seven Grands Prix, is among those watching on in Austin.

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Hamilton is continuing his fine form

Five wins in the last seven races for Lewis Hamilton have turned the season on its head.

He is also the quickest man so far today in America.

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Your first Formula 1 memories / memorable F1 debuts

Martin Jarvis: My first memory in f1 was Alain Prost in a Renault......Thinking he was called Alan Frost.

Renault's mixed bag

Mixed fortunes for the Renault pair so far in this session. Carlos Sainz, on his debut with the team, is in 11th, but team-mate Nico Hulkenberg is not faring so well as he is down in 18th, ahead of only Sauber's Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean of Haas.

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Hamilton flawless

It has so far been a flawless day for Lewis Hamilton. He was fastest in session one and he has gone ever faster in session two to lead with half an hour remaining. Can anyone spoil his day?

The order at the moment

With 30 minutes left, this is how it looks in practice session number two.

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Your first Formula 1 memories / memorable F1 debuts

Daniel Eckersley: Markus Winkelhock surely deserves a mention for a memorable debut. Led his one and only race - at home - in a Spyker, of all things.

Si‏: My first F1 memory was Mansell passing Piquet on the hanger straight at Silverstone in ‘87, awesome.

Cllr. David Jones: Best memory standing in Ferrari Garage after 91 Silverstone GP and talking to the mechanics about the funny fuel used by Williams.

'Shout out to the weather gods'

It was raining and looking pretty miserable earlier on, but not now.

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We haven't mentioned Fernando Alonso for a while, and he is seventh quickest so far after a hydraulic leak ruined session one for him. His McLaren team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne is 13th quickest.

Vettel third so far

He's back. After spinning earlier on and ending up on the gravel, Sebastian Vettel is back on the track and he instantly goes third fastest, behind leader Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

The times so far

Halfway through the session and this is how we stand.

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Your first Formula 1 memories / memorable F1 debuts

Simon Francis: First F1 Race of Champions Brands Hatch 1967 wandering round the paddock no hospitality or security then. Also Dan Gurney with a hacksaw cutting 3” off exhaust of his Eagle to time it and the glorious sound of Ferrari V12 spaghetti exhaust.

Pink everywhere

The ultra-softs, which are normally purple, have been transformed pink for this race as Formula 1 highlights Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Force India team are extremely excited by this news as you can see in this tweet. Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon are currently ninth and 10th quickest respectively.

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'One sexy lap'

Lewis Hamilton leads with the fastest ever lap of the Circuit of the Americas. Fair to say it has gone down well with Mercedes.

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Still no sign of Sebastian Vettel back on the track after his earlier acquaintance with the Austin gravel.

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Jennifer Harris: Re: school trip (see 20:25 BST). School to circuit 2 1/2 hours. That's just a teacher getting a free GP w/e by taking students on an educational trip.

I think a few teachers might be trying this one next July.

The magic pink boots take Hamilton first

As it works for Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton now gets his turn with the pink boots on (the ultra-softs).

And he instantly goes nearly a second faster than Bottas to take the lead.

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Bottas takes the lead on the ultra-softs

Valtteri Bottas has opted for the ultra-softs and it is a wise decision. His time of 1:35.596 is now the benchmark for everyone else. It is half a second better than previous leader Daniel Ricciardo's best effort.

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Your first Formula 1 memories / memorable F1 debuts

Mike Heal: Most memorable debut, enjoyed Kevin Magnussen in 2014 for McLaren, the podium that never was.

Ricciardo regains the lead

It has been a good session so far for the two Red Bulls. Verstappen and Ricciardo have been swapping the lead, and now it is the Australian who is the quickest again. The Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are third and fifth, with Kimi Raikkonen the man in the middle.

Seb's spin

This is that Sebastian Vettel spin.

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... and this is what it did to a tyre on his Ferrari.

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Rachel T: Belting down the M5, getting away for half term and following FP2 via @bbcf1 Come on Lewis!

OLIVIER C: Really hope Sainz has a great weekend, the internet keyboard warriors are giving him too much grief, be good to shut them up.

Meanwhile, Steve has given us more info on his school trip to watch a Grand Prix!

Steve Dennis‏: It was four kids in one car. Teacher's idea. Awesome. Ysgol Rhiwabon to Silverstone and back.

That is now setting the bar very, very high for a school outing.

It was an eventful 20 minutes for Nico Hulkenberg, spinning and then getting in his team-mates' way. He is back in the garage to gather his thoughts.

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