Lewis Hamilton again topped the times with a time about half a second faster than teammate Valtteri Bottas in the second free practice session. Ferrari’s pace returned after a disappointing first free practice session, with Sebastian Vettel actually splitting the two Mercedes drivers and Raikkonen finishing the session fourth. Vettel was still over half a second slower than Hamilton’s time. The race runs suggested the race might go as the times suggest, with Hamilton’s race simulations suggesting he’d be running about half a second quicker than Bottas. Jolyon Palmer’s bad luck continued into the second free practice session. After a mechanical problem in FP1, Palmer was pushing early in the session. The Brit lost the rear of his Renault at the final corner and flew backwards into the barriers, bringing out the red flag. When the green flag returned, multiple drivers headed onto the track with the ultrasoft tyres, which were only run by Mercedes in FP1. Before any times could come in, though, the yellow flag was brought out when Felipe Massa stopped just off track, his car shutting down. Multiple drivers had visits through the gravel trap throughout the session. Haas saw a return of their braking problem. The team struggled with the brakes throughout the latter half of 2016 and during testing, and the problem struck again in FP2. Grosjean locked up at turn three, but the Frenchman managed to keep going. Red Bull enjoyed a relatively quiet session. Daniel Ricciardo may have been best of the rest in FP1, but the Australian could only managed P5 on the ultrasoft tyres. Teammate Max Verstappen finished the session P6, and didn’t complete many laps after setting that time. The teenager was sent into the gravel trap whilst on a flying lap. Though he managed to miss the tyre wall and keep going, Verstappen returned to the pits with damage to the front of his car and plenty of grass stuck in his front wing. He didn’t return to the track for the race runs that finished the session. The session ended with Marcus Ericsson going backwards into the gravel at turn six, bringing out the virtual safety car just before the chequered flag. Free Practice Two standings: Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.620 Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:24.167 Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:24.176 Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:24.525 Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:24.650 Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:25.013 Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:25.084 Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.436 Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:25.478 Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso - 1:25.493 Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:25.591 Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:26.000 Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:26.145 Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.331 Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:26.498 Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:26.525 Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:26.608 Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 1:26.919 Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:27.279 Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:27.549 For more Formula One news and discussions head over to the RaceDepartment Formula One sub forum and join in with your fellow community members. Who do you think will be on the front row in qualifying? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.