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Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton fastest overall at the end of today’s practice sessions, his nearest rival and team-mate Nico Rosberg is 1.2secs down, while he did not seem to get a perfect lap on the Pirelli soft compound.

The Mercedes duo topped the timesheets in the morning session, ahead of Vettel and Raikkonen.

“Generally the car was feeling good and it was nice to get the running and the preparations,” Hamilton told BBC radio.

“The Ferraris look like they were as quick as they were in Malaysia. But hopefully we’re quicker.”

The remaining top 10 positions in the second session were taken by Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Felipe Nasr (Sauber), Romain Grosjean (Lotus) and Jenson Button (McLaren).

Just ahead of Massa’s incident, Lewis Hamilton had set its way back to the top of the timesheets. On the soft tyre, the reigning champion posted a 1:37.219 – four tenths quicker than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who also set his time on the soft.

Daniel Ricciardo, having spent much of FP2 in the garage due what Red Bull called “set-up tweaks”, has gone third quickest on a 1:38.311.

Daniil Kvyat forced to stop evening practice following rear brake failure, Williams’ speedy Felipe Massa sidelined following high speed incident, when lost his car under braking for the hairpin at turn 14 and skewed left into the barriers, his tyres squealing in protest as he went. Manor driver Stevens also sidelined following power-unit problem… more follow

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