Hamilton maintains pace in second session

By on Friday, May 9, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton remained on top of the times after going quickest during the second free practice session ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton set a time of 1:25.524 on option tyres to eclipse Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by over four-tenths of a second.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was the only other driver to get within a second of Hamilton’s time, albeit 0.985s behind the leading Brit.

Hamilton was also the quickest runner across the second half of the session once teams switched focus to long run pace.

The Mercedes racer was consistently in the 1:30/1:31s, while rival drivers set times in the 1:32/1:33s.

Fernando Alonso was a further six-tenths of a second behind Ricciardo in fourth place, while Kimi Räikkönen made it two Ferraris in the top five as president Luca di Montezemolo paid a visit to the track.

Kevin Magnussen edged out McLaren team-mate Jenson Button for sixth place, while Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10.

Nico Hülkenberg was the leading Force India driver in 11th place, ahead of Jean-Éric Vergne and Adrian Sutil. Vergne's session ended a few minutes prematurely when his right rear wheel detached from the STR9 as he exited the first corner.

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutiérrez received their first taste of track action after sitting out the first session and ended the day in 14th and 15th respectively, with Sergio Pérez in 16th.

Romain Grosjean complained of engine problems and suffered several off-track excursions on his way to 17th, ahead of the Marussia duo of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton.

Bianchi ended the 90 minute session over a second clear of his team-mate, who spent some time in the garage following myriad engine difficulties. Chilton's problematic session came to an end when he locked up at turn four and came to a halt in the gravel trap.

Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson were the slowest of the runners while reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel sat out the session.

Vettel was forced to park his Red Bull RB10 after just four laps in the first practice session due to an electrical problem which damaged the wiring loom. The team was unable to fix the problem in time for the afternoon session.

PositionNumberDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:25.52433
26Nico RosbergMercedes1:25.9730.44936
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:26.5090.98538
414Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:27.1211.59733
57Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:27.2961.77233
620Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:27.7882.26437
722Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:27.8112.28729
819Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:27.8242.30031
913Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:27.8662.34242
1026Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:28.0492.52535
1127Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:28.0742.55031
1225Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:28.2462.72230
1399Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:28.2842.76033
1477Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:28.6983.17433
1521Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:29.1053.58124
1611Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:29.1293.60534
178Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:29.4933.96926
1817Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:29.9914.46726
194Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:31.1485.62428
2010Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:31.3385.81438
219Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:31.5866.06239
221Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-RenaultNo time set0

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