Daniel Ricciardo completed a successful day of running with Renault?s upgraded power unit by heading an eventful second practice session.
The Red Bull driver lapped over six-tenths of a second quicker than Lewis Hamilton and well inside last year?s pole position time. Neither Mercedes driver appeared to manage a completely clean lap on the ultra-soft tyres. Nico Rosberg was almost four-tenths of a second slower than his team mate.
Max Verstappen, still using the original engine (also branded TAG Heuer) in his car, was only a tenth of a second down on Rosberg. He had the two Toro Rossos for company as neither Ferrari driver figured in the top five.
Both SF16-H drivers appeared to be struggling with their cars and Sebastian Vettel made contact with the barriers twice on his way to ninth place. First he went into the Mirabeau tyre wall backwards, damaging his rear wing, and shortly after returning to the track he broke a wheel rim at Sainte Devote.
But he was far from being alone in that regard. Romain Grosjean had already put his Haas into the wall approaching the harbour chicane, where his team mate had almost crashed in the morning. Rio Haryanto lost his Manor at the same place but hit the barrier on the inside of the corner.
And Kevin Magnussen ensured both sides of the Renault garage had repair work to do on Thursday after running into the Armco at Anthony Noghes.
Second practice visual gaps
Daniel Ricciardo ? 1?14.607
+0.606 Lewis Hamilton ? 1?15.213
+0.899 Nico Rosberg ? 1?15.506
+0.964 Max Verstappen ? 1?15.571
+1.208 Daniil Kvyat ? 1?15.815
+1.374 Carlos Sainz Jnr ? 1?15.981
+1.433 Kimi Raikkonen ? 1?16.040
+1.513 Sergio Perez ? 1?16.120
+1.662 Sebastian Vettel ? 1?16.269
+1.880 Nico Hulkenberg ? 1?16.487
+2.116 Fernando Alonso ? 1?16.723
+2.175 Esteban Gutierrez ? 1?16.782
+2.242 Valtteri Bottas ? 1?16.849
+2.267 Romain Grosjean ? 1?16.874
+2.679 Felipe Massa ? 1?17.286
+2.923 Kevin Magnussen ? 1?17.530
+2.955 Marcus Ericsson ? 1?17.562
+3.154 Jolyon Palmer ? 1?17.761
+3.392 Felipe Nasr ? 1?17.999
+4.040 Rio Haryanto ? 1?18.647
+4.207 Pascal Wehrlein ? 1?18.814
Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.
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