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Published: 15:56 | 17/6/16

Comfortable for Hamilton in Baku


Lewis Hamilton proved far too good for his rivals as he comfortably posted the fastest time during the second free practice session for the European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan.

The reigning world champion had posted the fastest time in the earlier session at Baku and had no problems clocking 1:44.223 to finish 0.690seconds ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The German never really threatened his team-mate and his session was brought to a halt with 20 minutes remaining when he wa forced to stop on the track after reporting a problem with his car.

Force India's Sergio Perez followed the Mercedes home to take third ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the Williams with Perez's team-mate Nico Hulkenberg fifth.

Carlos Sainz Jr was sixth fastest for Toro Rosso, while Max Verstappen was seventh in the Red Bull.

Ferrari encountered problems with Kimi Raikkonen forced to bring his car to a stop in the escape road and shortly afterwards Sebastian Vettel was ordered to return to the pits. The German had clocked the eighth-fastest time.

McLaren's Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull completed the top ten.

The second practice session came under threat due to an issue with the kerbs, but FIA race director Charlie Whiting allowed the session to go ahead after carrying out an inspection.

European Grand Prix - Practice 2 Results:
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m44.223s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m44.913s 0.690s
3 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m45.336s 1.113s
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m45.764s 1.541s
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m45.920s 1.697s
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m46.027s 1.804s
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m46.068s 1.845s
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m46.219s 1.996s
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m46.234s 2.011s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m46.293s 2.070s
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m46.498s 2.275s
12 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m46.681s 2.458s
13 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m46.694s 2.471s
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m46.744s 2.521s
15 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m46.830s 2.607s
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m47.060s 2.837s
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m47.329s 3.106s
18 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m47.487s 3.264s
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.772s 3.549s
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m47.794s 3.571s
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m48.018s 3.795s
22 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m48.081s 3.858s


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