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Lewis Hamilton again proved he is ultra-dominated in COTA for US Grand Prix, as the Brit made fastest lap-time in the second practice session.

The title leader Hamilton, chasing a fifth US win in six years and one that could seal a fourth World Championship crown, beat his own track record with a best time of 1:34.668.

The Red Bull young speedy, Max Verstappen made P2, closed to within four tenths. Sebastian Vettel, in P3, half a second off the pace and only setting his timed lap 45 minutes into the session due to a late start and a big spin off at the penultimate corner.

Ferrari brought Vettel back into the pits and spent a large portion of the session completing fixes on the car, limiting the German to just 11 laps in total. He was yet still able to finish third-fastest, half a second back from Hamilton.

Later Vettel complained “something weird with the front axle” on the way back to the garage and said the car “felt like jelly”, losing more valuable track time as a result.

Valtteri Bottas was a further tenth back in P4, with Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen rounding off the top six.

McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso set seventh, having temporarily been as high as fourth thanks to putting in his quick lap in earlier than most.

Williams F1 veteran Felipe Massa was eighth, with Force India duo Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon completed the top 10 in the second practice time-sheet – with the trio separated by just three-hundredths of a second.


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