Australian Grand Prix – Second Practice

Practice session 2 saw the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton topping the timesheets, although the quickest lap of the day came courtesy of Kimi Raikkonen s Ferrari in practice session 1.

Using the softer tyre option, Hamilton put in a best time of 1:26.559, over nine tenths of a second faster than second placed man, local hero Mark Webber. Third was Felipe Massa in the F2008, closely followed by the second McLaren of Heikki Kovalainen and David Coulthard. Kimi Raikkonen finished the second session in sixth place, however this was due to the fact he concentrated on longer rune and not outright quick times.

Toyota are starting to look promising with Jarno Trulli claiming seventh spot, and team-mate Timo Glock finishing in tenth, although both had their fair-share of drama during the day Trulli taking a trip into the gravel after getting a wheel off the tarmac, and Glock experiencing gremlins during the morning session.

Williams are also experiencing some pre-race gremlins with both cars being struck down by gearbox problems. Having had his car fixed, Rosberg was eventually able to finish the session in eighth place despite being forced to run with a malfunctioning differential for the entire session.

Honda will be headlining into qualifying with a fairly positive outlook both drivers practice performances suggest that they will be midfield runners rather than languishing at the back.

Super Aguri look to be the weakest team this weekend Sato and Davidson both continued to put miles on the SA08A but both struggled with minor niggles with the car, and there is a worry that the car is prone to overheating.

Unofficial Times:

Pos  Driver        Team                  Time              Laps
 1.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1:26.559           33
 2.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault      1:27.473  + 0.914  27
 3.  Massa         Ferrari               1:27.640  + 1.081  29
 4.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      1:27.683  + 1.124  28
 5.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault      1:28.037  + 1.478  26
 6.  Raikkonen     Ferrari               1:28.208  + 1.649  28
 7.  Trulli        Toyota                1:28.292  + 1.733  22
 8.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       1:28.352  + 1.793  31
 9.  Fisichella    Force India-Ferrari   1:28.469  + 1.910  32
10.  Glock         Toyota                1:28.582  + 2.023  28
11.  Button        Honda                 1:28.632  + 2.073  30
12.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber            1:28.731  + 2.172  32
13.  Alonso        Renault               1:28.779  + 2.220  37
14.  Barrichello   Honda                 1:28.849  + 2.290  28
15.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            1:28.860  + 2.301  35
16.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota       1:29.077  + 2.518  33
17.  Sutil         Force India-Ferrari   1:29.161  + 2.602  32
18.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:29.193  + 2.634  40
19.  Piquet        Renault               1:29.518  + 2.959  14
20.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:29.605  + 3.046  11
21.  Sato          Super Aguri-Honda     1:30.663  + 4.104  16
22.  Davidson      Super Aguri-Honda     1:31.527  + 4.968   8