Austin F1 practice: Lewis Hamilton fastest again as rain continues

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton topped the times in a rain-hit second Formula 1 practice session at Austin on Friday afternoon, ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix

Austin F1 practice: Lewis Hamilton fastest again as rain continues

No running took place in the first 50 minutes of the session as heavy rain soaked the track, but as the rain eased more drivers took to the circuit in the final few minutes of the session.

A few hardy spectators had hung around at the track in the hope of seeing some running but they were not rewarded until Brendon Hartley took to the track in his Toro Rosso 47 minutes into the session, with more drivers soon following.

World champion-elect Hamilton emerged from his garage with just five minutes remaining and set a time 1.483 seconds quicker than Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly in second place.

The Frenchman ran on a fresh set of intermediates and reduced the deficit to Hamilton to just 1.012s at the end of the session.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was third quickest ahead of Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg and Brendon Hartley. The Toro Rosso driver ran more laps than anyone else - 19 in total.

Hamilton's title-challenger Sebastian Vettel was only 10th quickest, nearly five seconds behind Hamilton.

Ahead of him were his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, Stoffel Vandoorne's McLaren and the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson in seventh.

Four drivers didn't venture out at all in second practice - Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas.

With more rain forecast for Saturday, teams preferred to save their wet and intermediate tyres for qualifying day.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m48.716s - 3
2 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m49.728s 1.012s 10
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m49.798s 1.082s 5
4 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m51.728s 3.012s 3
5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m52.208s 3.492s 6
6 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m52.505s 3.789s 19
7 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m53.070s 4.354s 9
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m53.354s 4.638s 10
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m53.443s 4.727s 7
10 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m53.912s 5.196s 8
11 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m54.101s 5.385s 9
12 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m54.637s 5.921s 5
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m54.963s 6.247s 6
14 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m55.348s 6.632s 6
15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m55.446s 6.730s 8
16 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault - - 2

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