Rosberg tops first session in Britain

By on Friday, July 4, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time during the first practice session for the British Grand Prix as several drivers encountered problems at a sunny Silverstone.

Rosberg set a time of 1:35.424 to eclipse Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 0.731s on the prime tyres.

It wasn't all plain sailing for Mercedes as Rosberg briefly suffered an ERS problem while Hamilton informed his team early on that his steering was not straight.

Hamilton set the fastest overall first sector but abandoned his lap.

Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari, ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian sat out the final part of the session to save the gearbox after encountering a problem in his RB10.

Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, ahead of reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Jenson Button - sporting a pink helmet in memory of his late father, John - was seventh quickest for McLaren, ahead of Daniil Kvyat, Jean-Eric Vergne and Kevin Magnussen.

Sergio Perez was 11th fastest, ahead of Romain Grosjean, Esteban Gutierrez and Force India reserve Daniel Juncadella.

Giedo van der Garde was 15th despite running wide a couple of times, ahead of Marussia's Jules Bianchi.

Susie Wolff became the first woman to participate in an official Formula 1 session in over two decades but an oil pressure problem with her Williams FW36 left her stranded on track after just four laps. She will return to the Williams cockpit in free practice at Hockenheim.

A dismal session for Williams was concluded by Austria pole sitter Felipe Massa, who suffered a near-repeat of his accident from last season's Friday practice session.

Massa ran wide on the exit of Stowe and spun onto the inside of the circuit before striking the barrier, with his FW36 sustaining significant damage. The session was stopped for over 15 minutes while the Williams was recovered. Massa was not hurt in the accident.

A couple of other drivers encountered a difficult session due to technical issues. Pastor Maldonado stopped at the end of the pit lane and was wheeled back to the garage, while Caterham reserve driver Robin Frijns was struck by an electrical issue which causes a misfire in his Renault power unit. The Dutchman was able to return to the track for the final part of the session, where he set the 20th fastest time.

Marcus Ericsson’s session ended in the run-off on the inside of Becketts after he lost the rear of the CT05. He tried to re-join the track but beached the car on the grass verge.

16Nico RosbergMercedes1:35.42425
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:36.1550.73122
314Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:36.2630.83923
43Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:36.6231.19921
57Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:36.7031.27923
61Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:36.9211.49720
722Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:36.9631.53925
826Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:37.1751.75129
925Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:37.2271.80325
1020Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:37.2311.80730
1111Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:37.7202.29622
128Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:37.9102.48621
1321Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:38.0562.63218
1434Daniel JuncadellaForce India-Mercedes1:38.0832.65923
1536Giedo van der GardeSauber-Ferrari1:38.3282.90419
1617Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:38.9173.49312
1719Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:39.4614.0377
184Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:39.8144.39024
199Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:40.5975.17319
2046Robin FrijnsCaterham-Renault1:42.2616.83711
2141Susie WolffWilliams-Mercedes1:44.2128.7884
2213Pastor MaldonadoLotus-RenaultNo time set2

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