Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has set the pace in Melbourne after finishing fastest in second practice ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.

Hamilton sets Melbourne pace

Hamilton sets Melbourne pace

The defending world champion managed to cope well in the extremely wet conditions on the Victoria circuit on Friday to set the quickest time of 1:38.841.

Hamilton performed far better than Silver Arrows team-mate Nico Rosberg who crashed in the early stages to cut short his session at Albert Park.

Force India enjoyed a strong afternoon as Nico Hulkenberg finished second quickest, with Sergio Perez coming ninth.

Ferrari, who are expected to be Mercedes' closest competitors again this season, saw Kimi Raikkonen secure the third quickest time, while four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was down the standings in eighth.

Home favourite Daniel Ricciardo managed to finish fourth quickest in second practice and will be looking to head the grid following qualifying on Saturday.