Rosberg edges Hamilton in first Spa session

By on Friday, August 22, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time during the first practice session at a cool, but sunny Spa-Francorchamps as Formula 1 returned from its summer break.

Rosberg topped the times early on in the session, before team-mate Lewis Hamilton lowered the benchmark by 0.050s.

Rosberg responded by setting a time of 1:51.577, 0.097s, while Hamilton wrecked another potential hot lap when he went off the circuit at Pouhon. He repeated the error a lap later and also went wide at Les Combes during the session.

Drivers used the white-banded Medium tyres as track temperatures struggled to reach 24°c, considerably lower than the previous two events in Germany and Hungary.

Fernando Alonso was the only driver to get near to the Mercedes duo as the Spaniard set a time 0.228s down on Rosberg, although he briefly encountered mechanical gremlins in his Ferrari F14T.

Jenson Button was fourth fastest for McLaren, eight-tenths behind Rosberg, with his session briefly interrupted by a DRS issue. Kimi Räikkönen spun at La Source but nonetheless managed fifth, although he spent some time in the garage due to temperature concerns with his ERS.

Sergio Pérez was sixth for McLaren, ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hülkenberg.

Daniel Ricciardo was the highest placed Renault-powered car in ninth, ahead of Williams racer Valtteri Bottas.

Sebastian Vettel was 11th quickest and ran off track at Pouhon before spending some time in the garage as concerned-looking mechanics worked on his RB10. Red Bull later confirmed the problem was a burnt exhaust.

Daniil Kvyat suffered a huge moment at Pouhon but recovered to go 12th, ahead of Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil.

Felipe Massa set the 15th quickest time, ahead of Jean-Éric Vergne and Sauber reserve driver Giedo van der Garde, who complained of power issues with the C33.

Pastor Maldonado was 18th, ahead of Jules Bianchi and Marussia reserve driver Alexander Rossi, who will hand back over to Max Chilton for the remainder of the weekend after the Brit’s contractual issues were resolved.

At the back Caterham introduced a raft of upgrades, including a new front nose design, although neither debutant Andre Lotterer nor regular driver Marcus Ericsson were able to make huge progress.

Lotterer was 21st, 6.3s off the pace, while Ericsson spun at La Source and ended up a tenth down on his new team-mate.

PositionNumberDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes1:51.57725
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:51.6740.09724
314Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:51.8050.22816
422Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:52.4040.82721
57Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:52.8181.24117
611Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:52.9031.32624
720Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:52.9221.34523
827Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:52.9371.36022
93Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:52.9721.39519
1077Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:53.1721.59520
111Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:53.3691.79211
1226Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:53.5942.01721
138Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:53.5972.02020
1499Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:53.7032.12614
1519Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:53.9682.39120
1625Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:54.1892.61220
1736Giedo van der GardeSauber-Ferrari1:54.3352.75816
1813Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:55.3363.75921
1917Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:55.7824.20519
2042Alexander RossiMarussia-Ferrari1:57.2325.65520
2145Andre LottererCaterham-Renault1:57.8866.30924
229Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:57.9776.40024

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