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Albert Park • Free Practice 2

Free Practice 2

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We'll be back tomorrow with live coverage of the third practice session and, of course, the all-important qualifying for Sunday's big race. Join us then.


So, Vettel tops his second session of the day as Red Bull impress ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne!


There's the chequered flag and the session will be over shortly.


The debris is quite visible strewn over the track now. There's a lot of cleaning up to do overnight.


And now Webber spins! Although the Aussie manages to stay on the track and does no damage to his car.


Well, well, well. Mercedes have a lot of work to do tonight before tomorrow's action.


And look at this! Rosberg has stopped! Nightmare for Mercedes - both their cars will not finish this session.


Out comes the crane to lift the stricken Mercedes off the gravel.


Trouble for Hamilton! The Mercedes driver is in the gravel and it might well be another brake failure for the Briton! Not the best of starts for him today.


Nico Hulkenberg on Sauber team radio: "Guys, I'm picking up a lot of vibration."


Vettel's tyres are degrading badly and his lap times show that. Webber too, who pits.


Just 15 minutes left for the day now and still the Red Bulls are head of the class. Massa's still down in eighth, although he might have improved that had Gutierrez not impeded him earlier.


Massa and Gutierrez have a set-to with the Sauber man failing to look in his mirrors when exiting the pit lane. He should have let the Ferrari driver through then. The Brazilian raises a frustrated hand, his lap ruined.


Vettel is told by Red Bull team radio to make his tyres last. That's something we could be hearing quite often this season.


The teams will be looking now at how the cars perform on super softs tyres with heavy fuel loads on board.


After Vettel and Webber come Rosberg, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Alonso, Hamilton, Massa, Sutil and Hulkenberg.


So, the Red Bulls are on top with 25 minutes remaining this session. Vettel heads back out.


Lewis Hamilton improves slightly on his super softs with a time of 1m26.772 to propel him into seventh place.


Vettel does eventually oust his team-mate Webber from top spot with a clear lap of 1m25.908.


Vergne has a tasty spin but he manages to keep the car away from the walls and on the track.


Let's not forget that Mark Webber is the oldest driver on the grid this season - at the ripe old age of 36.


Webber still in P1, although the Australian is back in the Red Bull garage. He's still in this car with his helmet on.


Most drivers on super softs now, including Vettel, who looks like he's going to return to the top of the timesheets until he is forced to back off with Maldonado on his way through the final corners.


Van der Garde won't race again today. "We still have tomorrow," he says.


Webber is on a flying lap and he looks good... he goes to the top of the sheets with a 1m26.172! The home crowd are sure to be pleased with that effort!


Both Alonso and Webber head out armed with super soft tyres.


Things have gone quiet once again out on the track. Van der Garde arrives back at the Caterham garages.


So, time for a recap. Vettel leads at the moment, followed by Hamilton, Massa, Webber, Rosberg, Raikkonen, Alonso, Grosjean, Button and Hulkenberg.


Van der Garde's stricken car has completed its journey back the pits as Vettel heads back out onto the track after a small break.


Williams: "After the end of FP1 the Pirelli team strip the outer layer of the tyres to assess appearance and wear. This helps everyone to analyse how many laps these tyres can do in certain .


Van der Garde's car is immobile in the gravel trap after a mistake from the Dutchman at Turn 3. He gets out of his car as the crane approaches to help it back to the pits.


Pace setter Vettel heads back out on another set of medium compound tyres.


Button's not going to trouble Vettel at the top of the timesheets with this effort. The Briton is two seconds off at the last split before he pulls out of the lap.


Button is back out there on medium compound rubbers.


Marussia driver Max Chilton before this session: "FP1 done & felt good, Took it steady at the start to familiarise and happy with it on old tyres at the end! Amazing circuit, very flowing!"


Maldonado and Vergne have opted for the super-soft tyres.


Massa climbs into P3 as he increases his pace with a 1m26.942 on the medium rubber.


Massa, who had joined his Ferrari team-mate on track, lays down a first flying lap of the session to move straight into sixth.


Alonso's opening gambit is a 1m27.486, which is good enough to put him into fifth.


Webber improves with a 1m26.968 to claim second as the track quietens down a touch.


Sixteen minutes into the session and out comes Alonso in his shiny red car.


Hamilton's currently in fourth with a 1m27.469. Still the Ferraris remain in the garage.


Rosberg leaps up to second and soon after Webber hits third.


Everyone's been out now, with the exception of the two Ferraris Massa and Alonso.


Vettel wastes no time in stamping his authority on the session as the German goes straight to the top with a time of 1m26.604


Hulkenberg locks his wheels for a moment. He's currently in P3, behind Raikkonen who's top again with 1m27.606s, and Hamilton.


Rosberg has an off at Turn 1 just ahead of Hamilton, who had just set the quickest time of the session.


Hamilton in his Mercedes displaces Raikkonen at the top. Button goes fourth.


Raikkonen lays down an early marker at 1m29.012. Di Resta the only other driver to have set a time so far.


Sunday, race day, has a slight chance of shower in morning but drying out for the rest of day with temperatures of 21 degrees.


That forecast means that this session provides drivers and their teams with a last opportunity to test out dry weather tyres.


Tomorrow's forecast is for rain, wind and cold temperatures.


Feel the noise! Here we go with Jules Bianchi and Kimi Raikkonen out of the traps first.


There goes the green light and another hour-and-a-half session gets under way!


This should be a much busier session than the first one. Already lots of drivers in their cars in readiness to get out there and put the machines through their paces.


The temperature is around the 23 degree mark at the start of this second session in Melbourne, although track temperature has rocketed up to 38 degrees since the first outing earlier today.


Free practice one ended with a familiar look to the timesheets as three-times world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull paced the session.


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