Hamilton stays on top in second practice

By on Friday, July 25, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton ended Friday practice on top after setting the quickest time during the second session for this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton edged out Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during the Prime tyre runs early on in the session and maintained his advantage when the field conducted low fuel runs on Option tyres.

Rosberg held the upper hand after Hamilton locked up and went wide on his first run on Options, but the Brit knocked Rosberg off the top of the times on his second lap, before marginally improving further on his third hot lap.

Hamilton finished the 90 minute session with a best time of 1:24.482, 0.238s faster than Rosberg, who was unable to improve on his second hot lap.

Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel was third quickest for Red Bull, 0.629s down on Hamilton, but complained of a lack of power on the straights.

Fernando Alonso suffered from several moments in his Ferrari F14 T but nonetheless set the fourth fastest time, ahead of McLaren's Kevin Magnussen and Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Daniel Ricciardo set the seventh fastest time, with Valtteri Bottas close behind in eighth. Jenson Button ended ninth quickest, while a spin prevented Felipe Massa from improving on Option tyres and he ended in 10th. The Brazilian also had to conduct his race simulation on Prime tyres after reporting an unspecified problem with his Options.

Daniil Kvyat saved several moments on his way to 11th, narrowly ahead of team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne. Nico Hulkenberg was 13th, ahead of compatriot Adrian Sutil and Force India team-mate Sergio Perez.

Pastor Maldonado beat Lotus rival Romain Grosjean by just 0.002s, although both drivers encountered difficulties. Maldonado spun at turn nine, while Grosjean missed out on the early running as Lotus attended to a cooling issue on his E22.

Esteban Gutierrez was unable to match the pace of Sutil and finished down in 18th, while Kamui Kobayashi beat the Marussia pair of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton, despite running wide on his hot lap. Marcus Ericsson rounded out the runners.

PositionNumberDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:24.48238
26Nico RosbergMercedes1:24.7200.23838
31Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:25.1110.62933
414Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:25.4370.95526
520Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:25.5801.09834
67Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:25.7301.24830
73Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:25.9831.50129
877Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:25.9991.51737
922Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:26.2341.75233
1019Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:26.4021.92018
1126Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:26.6892.20742
1225Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:26.7032.22137
1327Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:26.7892.30739
1499Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:26.9192.43741
1511Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:27.0132.53139
1613Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:27.0192.53740
178Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:27.0212.53914
1821Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:27.4802.99832
1910Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:28.3703.88835
2017Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:28.4693.98726
214Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:28.5864.10435
229Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:29.0364.55434

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