Hello and welcome to ESPN's coverage of second practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Yas Marina.
I think it would be a shame if something out of Hamilton's control decided the title.
@@gaurav2438: If there's no Mercedes reliability issues, I can't see past a one-two for the team - so Hamilton.
Less than five minutes to go until the start of the session.
To recap on FP1, Hamilton claimed first blood as Mercedes finished a massive 1.7s quicker than anyone else - not a great sign for Rosberg and his hopes of being champion. But, we didn't see the best of Williams after both its cars started shedding bodywork in the early parts of the session.
Worth noting on Button/Magnussen that Button will leave the sport if he doesn't get picked up by McLaren. With Gary Paffett no longer McLaren's test driver, the team will surely retain Magnussen if it opts for Button. My theory is the delay is because it is trying to do just that.
@Capoa: He should be, he was only so far down in FP1 because he missed a good chunk of running. He was only really getting his first timed laps in as the session came to a conclusion.
@Mary-Lou: As Schumacher discovered in 1997, that doesn't always work to your advantage!
The clock is ticking and a Sauber is the first to emerge on track.
Grosjean one of the men out on track. It's just been confirmed he'll have a 20-place grid penalty for this race. If, by some miracle, he doesn't qualify on pole, the rest of the spots will be added as time penalties.
@rocky: It doesn't have anything to do with Hamilton? The delay is as they decide who will partner Alonso next year.
@LG: He used a sixth power unit at this race. Opted against starting in the pit lane.
@NovaF1Racer: It's because Lotus fitted a new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), a new Turbocharger (TC) and a Motor Generator Unit -Heat (MGU-H). Each time a sixth component is used for the first time, it's ten places, any sixth component used after that is five places, so add that together and it's 20 places.
JEV the early pace-setter with a 1:45.697.
But Massa soon jumps ahead with a 1:54.05.
@KeenFan: The lure is a big factor, but Vettel thinks he can go to Ferrari and turn the team's fortunes around. Be the sort of fresh impetus Schumacher was when he joined Ferrari in 1996 and turned them into world champions.
Hulkenberg jumps in three tenths behind Massa in second.