Hamilton heads Rosberg in second session

By on Friday, October 3, 2014
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Championship leader Lewis Hamilton set the quickest time during the second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

Hamilton’s time of 1:35.078 was 0.240s clear of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg on the Option compound tyre.

Neither Mercedes driver enjoyed completely clean running as Hamilton saved a lurid moment as he exited the second Denger corner while Rosberg locked up a couple of times into the Casio Triangle and had to run deep.

Valtteri Bottas set the third fastest time for Williams but was over a second down on pacesetter Rosberg, with Jenson Button fourth and Sebastian Vettel the quickest non-Mercedes racer in fifth.

Ferrari occupied sixth and seventh positions with Kimi Räikkönen ahead of Fernando Alonso, while Kevin Magnussen was eighth for McLaren, having kicked up a piece of astroturf when he went wide at Spoon Curve.

Daniil Kvyat ended in ninth for Toro Rosso while Daniel Ricciardo completed the top 10 despite crashing out during the first part of the session.

Ricciardo made a rare error while starting a hot lap; the Australian rounded the final corner after a slow lap but his RB10 snapped sideways as he accelerated and he slithered into the barriers, damaging the front left side of the car. The session was briefly red flagged to allow marshals to properly recover his stricken machine.

Former team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne, who sat out the first session in favour of Max Verstappen, stopped on track early on due to an apparent technical issue but was able to return to the circuit end ended in 11th place. Vergne, though, had to park by the side of the track again during the final three minutes when his car shut down as he rounded Spoon Curve.

Vergne's second stoppage brought out the red flags and the session was not restarted.

Nico Hülkenberg headed Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa and Sergio Pérez, who missed the first hour of running while Force India repaired a gearbox problem.

Pastor Maldonado was 16th quickest although heads into Saturday's qualifying session with the knowledge that he will drop 10 places on the grid due to an engine penalty.

Adrian Sutil headed Sauber team-mate Esteban Gutiérrez and the Mexican was another driver to encounter difficulties as he lost control on the entry to Spoon Curve and hit the wall, damaging his Sauber C33.

Marcus Ericsson ended up in 19th, ahead of the Marussia duo of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton.

Kamui Kobayashi endured a dismal time. Having sat out the first session for Roberto Merhi, the home favourite lost control of his CT05 on the entry to turn two and over-corrected, sending him into the barriers only 10 minutes into the session.

PositionNumberDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:35.07828
26Nico RosbergMercedes1:35.3180.24027
377Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:36.2791.20124
422Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:36.4091.33128
51Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:36.4361.35824
67Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:36.5291.45119
714Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:36.6371.55926
820Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:36.7141.63631
926Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:36.9431.86527
103Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:37.1862.1083
1125Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:37.2192.14119
1227Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:37.5042.42616
138Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:37.5632.48531
1419Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:37.7002.62218
1511Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:37.7862.7088
1613Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:37.7982.72027
1799Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:38.0102.93225
1821Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:38.3653.2879
199Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:39.0693.99122
2017Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:39.3064.22820
214Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:39.3334.25524
2210Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:42.7607.6823

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