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Lewis Hamilton stayed on top in the second practice session for the Australian Grand Prix as Mercedes extended its margin over its rivals.

The world champion narrowly outpaced his team mate and lapped Albert Park eight-tenths of a second quicker than Max Verstappen, who in turn had his team mate close behind.

The Red Bull pair and Sebastian Vettel’s fifth-placed Ferrari were all covered by less than a tenth of a second. But with the quickest midfield runners only fractionally slower, Ferrari seemed to be keeping some pace in reserve.

Charles Leclerc, who spun at turn four in the final minutes, ended the session ninth fastest. He was separated from Vettel by Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Hulkenberg – the Alfa Romeo leading the Renault by just two-thousandths of a second – and Daniel Ricciardo in the other RS19. Romain Grosjean completed the top 10.

Daniil Kvyat missed a place in the top 10 by a tenth of a second. Team mate Alexander Albon’s travails continued with a series of off-track moments, including a spin at turn 14. He ended up seven-tenths off his team mate.

Racing Point’s updated RP19 was 13th in the hands of Lance Stroll. Carlos Sainz Jnr was the first of the McLaren drivers, a tenth of a second slower.

But Williams’ difficult start to the season continued. George Russell ended second practice 1.7 seconds slower than McLaren’s Lando Norris, who did not appear to have a clean flying lap.

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Second practice visual gaps

Lewis Hamilton – 1’22.600

+0.048 Valtteri Bottas – 1’22.648

+0.800 Max Verstappen – 1’23.400

+0.842 Pierre Gasly – 1’23.442

+0.873 Sebastian Vettel – 1’23.473

+0.972 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’23.572

+0.974 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’23.574

+1.044 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’23.644

+1.154 Charles Leclerc – 1’23.754

+1.214 Romain Grosjean – 1’23.814

+1.333 Daniil Kvyat – 1’23.933

+1.388 Kevin Magnussen – 1’23.988

+1.411 Lance Stroll – 1’24.011

+1.533 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’24.133

+1.693 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’24.293

+1.801 Sergio Perez – 1’24.401

+2.075 Alexander Albon – 1’24.675

+2.133 Lando Norris – 1’24.733

+3.853 George Russell – 1’26.453

+4.055 Robert Kubica – 1’26.655

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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