The Brit is showing stunning pace on his long run, main rivals Red Bull and Ferrari shows improvements, Ricciardo looks in good shape and Raikkonen is pretty much a match for Alonso for one of the first times this season, so he is obviously much more in tune with the Ferrari here.
McLaren team-mates Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button made seventh and eighth fastest ahead of Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado. The Venezuelan suffering a few issues in that 90-minute session, he had the most productive afternoon with 42 laps.
Vettel was miss the second practice session due to an electrical problem. Force India experienced a quiet day, with Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez 11th and 16th.
Toro Rosso’s Jean-Éric Vergne, who suffered the most theatrical instant of the session when his right-rear wheel came off in the final stage of session.
Just ahead of session chequered flag, Max Chilton slids off into the gravel and beaches his Marussia. The Briton tells his team that there’s nothing wrong with the car, it was just driver error.