Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2018

Hamilton fastest again after one lap in wet second practice

2018 United States Grand Prix second practice

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Lewis Hamilton stayed on top in the second practice session for the United States Grand Prix despite only doing a single flying lap in very wet conditions.

The Mercedes driver produced a lap of 1’48.716, 1.2 seconds slower than he managed on a somewhat drier track in first practice. His team mate Valtteri Bottas never left the pits, and nor did Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo or the Haas drivers.

Pierre Gasly came closest to Hamilton’s time, lapping one second off the Mercedes driver in his Toro Rosso. Gasly’s 2019 team mate Max Verstappen was third-quickest for Red Bull.

The track was very wet when the session began and no one ventured out of the pits during the first half of the session. Brendon Hartley, who did not run in the first practice session, finally commenced proceedings and ended up sixth-fastest.

The Ferrari drivers did set times but ended up at the bottom of the top 10.

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Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’48.7163
210Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’49.7281.01210
333Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’49.7981.0825
414Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Renault1’51.7283.0123
527Nico HulkenbergRenault1’52.2083.4926
628Brendon HartleyToro Rosso-Honda1’52.5053.78919
79Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’53.0704.3549
82Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Renault1’53.3544.63810
97Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’53.4434.7277
105Sebastian VettelFerrari1’53.9125.1968
1116Charles LeclercSauber-Ferrari1’54.1015.3859
1218Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes1’54.6375.9215
1311Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’54.9636.2476
1431Esteban OconForce India-Mercedes1’55.3486.6326
1535Sergey SirotkinWilliams-Mercedes1’55.4466.7308
1655Carlos Sainz JnrRenault
173Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer
188Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari
1920Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari
2077Valtteri BottasMercedes

Second practice visual gaps

Lewis Hamilton – 1’48.716

+1.012 Pierre Gasly – 1’49.728

+1.082 Max Verstappen – 1’49.798

+3.012 Fernando Alonso – 1’51.728

+3.492 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’52.208

+3.789 Brendon Hartley – 1’52.505

+4.354 Marcus Ericsson – 1’53.070

+4.638 Stoffel Vandoorne – 1’53.354

+4.727 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’53.443

+5.196 Sebastian Vettel – 1’53.912

+5.385 Charles Leclerc – 1’54.101

+5.921 Lance Stroll – 1’54.637

+6.247 Sergio Perez – 1’54.963

+6.632 Esteban Ocon – 1’55.348

+6.730 Sergey Sirotkin – 1’55.446

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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10 comments on “Hamilton fastest again after one lap in wet second practice”

  1. I think Lewis is playing mind games with the field, especially Vettel, one lap out, smashing the lap times chart and going back to the garage.

    1. I think he is using interesting tactics!

  2. Top 5 for Alonso! Happy for him he’s getting out of F1 on top!

    1. If only he had a Honda engine next year, he might have been persuaded to stay.

  3. Gasly Vs Verstappen is going to be very interesting next year. He’s the real deal.

    1. @john-h: Yes, Max does appear to be. Not sure Seb agrees tho.

  4. While Lewis is fantastic in the wet, that Merc looks absolutely amazing around here.

    1. Their turnaround is just amazing, the car doesn’t even suffer much in wet conditions and it seems like the drivers have the confidence now to push the car to its limits.

    2. The Mercedes does look fantastic, but Hamilton is definitely giving it the business. Totally unconventional lines while hunting for the grip through the turns & under braking coupled with supreme confidence and razor sharp reflexes: he really is visibly better than all the others in the wet. It was painfully obvious today, IMO.

      1. Yes, hamilton and verstappen are really the best in wet weather this generation, unfortunately this year’s red bull isn’t as good in the wet as last year’s.

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