Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Albert Park, 2014

Hamilton and Rosberg put Mercedes on top

2014 Australian Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Albert Park, 2014Mercedes took up their expected position at the top of the timing sheets in the second practice session.

Lewis Hamilton, who was forced to sit out the earlier session after his car broke down on its first lap out of the garage, ended Friday on top of the times with a best lap of 1’29.782.

Team mate Nico Rosberg was second having led the session until Hamilton beat his lap of 1’29.625.

As in the first session several drivers experienced car problems and once again the Renault teams were chiefly affected. Neither Caterham driver managed to set a time as Kamui Kobayashi was stuck in the pits with a fuel system problem and Marcus Ericsson had a hydraulic failure on his out-lap.

Pastor Maldonado also spent the session in the garage after more problems with his Lotus. Team mate Romain Grosjean did make it onto the track, unlike in the first session.

But his day ended when his car lurched left under braking at turn six, almost hitting the barrier, and leaving him stuck in a gravel trap. “Something strange on the braking,” he reported on the radio.

At almost the same time two corners later Nico Hulkenberg spun his Force India into a gravel trap. The team’s returning driver had run onto the grass in the braking area, provoking the spin.

Having been fastest in the first practice session Fernando Alonso took third behind the two Mercedes.

The two Red Bulls were fourth and sixth, Sebastian Vettel ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, giving them further cause for encouragement after their pre-season problems. Jenson Button’s McLaren separated the pair.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’29.625 37
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’29.782 0.157 31
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’30.132 0.507 28
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’30.381 0.756 41
5 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’30.510 0.885 33
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’30.538 0.913 38
7 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’30.898 1.273 32
8 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’30.920 1.295 38
9 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’31.031 1.406 34
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’31.054 1.429 33
11 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’31.060 1.435 35
12 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’31.119 1.494 31
13 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’31.283 1.658 36
14 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’32.355 2.730 36
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’32.468 2.843 26
16 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’32.495 2.870 38
17 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’33.486 3.861 29
18 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’33.646 4.021 12
19 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’34.757 5.132 29
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1
21 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 0
22 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 0

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