Rosberg fastest, Hamilton hit by issues

By on Friday, September 5, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg set the quickest time during the second practice session for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton was hampered by an electrical issue.

Mercedes was unable to fire up Hamilton’s W05 Hybrid for much of the session, and while they managed to repair the problem, the Brit was only able to join the action with 30 minutes of the 90 remaining.

Rosberg set a time of 1:26.225, while Hamilton’s best was 0.061s slower than his primary title rival. Hamilton was on course to improve his time but encountered the Toro Rosso of Jean-Éric Vergne at Parabolica and had to back off.

Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso gave the home fans something to cheer as they set the third and fourth fastest time respectively, with Räikkönen just over a tenth down on Rosberg and Alonso a couple of tenths back after a minor error at the Rettifilo chicane.

The three fastest runners also shared the best sector times between them, with Räikkönen on top in the first sector, Hamilton quickest in the middle and Rosberg ahead in the final sprint.

Valtteri Bottas was fifth quickest in the Williams, while Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen were split by reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel. Both McLaren drivers were near the top of the times during the running on Prime tyres, but were unable to carry across their form once the Options were fitted.

Felipe Massa ended up in ninth position, while Daniel Ricciardo, who endured engine woes in the first session, rounded out the top 10 for Red Bull.

Sergio Pérez led Force India team-mate Nico Hülkenberg, ahead of Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutiérrez and Vergne.

Adrian Sutil was 16th having missed the first session, while Marussia’s Jules Bianchi edged out Pastor Maldonado and team-mate Max Chilton.

Romain Grosjean endured a horrible session as he ran off track and into gravel traps on a number of occasions, while Caterham pair Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson completed the 22 runners.

16Nico RosbergMercedes1:26.22541
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:26.2860.06116
37Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:26.3310.10631
414Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:26.5650.34026
577Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:26.7580.53334
622Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:26.7620.53734
71Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:26.7620.53727
820Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:26.8810.65644
919Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:26.9350.71033
103Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:26.9920.76737
1111Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:27.0790.85442
1227Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:27.2271.00239
1326Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:27.4761.25137
1421Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:27.8401.61533
1525Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:27.9291.70433
1699Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:28.0291.80435
1717Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:28.6592.43434
1813Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:28.7002.47542
194Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:28.7862.56129
208Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:29.0852.86029
2110Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:29.1782.95332
229Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:29.2753.05037

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