Lewis Hamilton has continued McLaren’s pacesetting form at the Chinese Grand Prix by heading the timesheets at the end of the second free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix.

It was an all-Mercedes top-four on the timesheets, with McLaren and Mercedes GP taking the honours. Hamilton’s fastest time came halfway through the session, and Nico Rosberg set his quickest time in the closing minutes, he was unable to overhaul Hamilton for top honours.

FP2 - Lewis Hamilton

With the first practice session proving particularly adventure-packed by dint of Fernando Alonso’s engine failure and Sébastien Buemi’s lurid accident by dint of a front suspension failure, the teams and drivers were hoping for a less chaotic session this time around.

For Buemi, however, his session would be spent with his Toro Rosso STR5 confined to the garage while the team sought to diagnose and repair the issue.

The teams’ wishes for a less-fraught session appeared to be granted: with just one car (Heikki Kovalainen, oil leak) grinding to a halt on track, while Vitaly Petrov spun his Renault at Turn 7 but was able to continue. Vitantonio Liuzzi also had a spin in his first outing for Force India at the circuit, replacing ‘Man Friday’ Paul di Resta, who participated in the morning’s practice session.

 

2010 Chinese GP Practice 2 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes 1:35.217 26
2. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP + 0.248 22
3. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes + 0.376 26
4. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP + 0.385 28
5. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault + 0.574 30
6. Mark Webber AU Red Bull Renault + 0.778 29
7. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes + 1.037 31
8. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari + 1.160 43
9. Robert Kubica POL Renault + 1.172 29
10. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari + 1.387 33
11. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari + 1.727 36
12. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault + 1.769 27
13. Pedro de la Rosa ESP Sauber Ferrari + 2.204 32
14. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari + 2.214 33
15. Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams Cosworth + 2.440 30
16. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA Force India Mercedes + 2.587 31
17. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Williams Cosworth + 2.650 29
18. Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus Cosworth + 4.407 35
19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Cosworth + 4.730 30
20. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth + 5.016 27
21. Karun Chandhok IND HRT Cosworth + 5.791 32
22. Lucas di Grassi BRA Virgin Racing Cosworth + 5.890 28
23. Bruno Senna BRA HRT Cosworth + 6.128 32
24. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari no time  

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