Hamilton and Rosberg put Mercedes on top

2014 Australian Grand Prix second practice

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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118 comments on Hamilton and Rosberg put Mercedes on top

  1. quads said on 14th March 2014, 7:56

    Disappointed with the new sound of “F1″. We have gone from sound of roaring lions to sound of domestic cats. Listening at the sound in onboard footage…a joke.

  2. stevensanph said on 14th March 2014, 7:57

    Having watched the session this is what I see:

    Mercedes look incredibly quick without actually looking like they were trying. When Hamilton came round the last 3 turns on his flying lap I actually initially thought he was on a slow lap. He wasn’t using all of the track.

    Red Bull look quick, but also looked like they were wringing everything out of the car. Both drivers went off track multiple times, or started sliding.

    Ferrari were similar to the Mercedes, just 0.5seconds slower on both low fuel and the race simulation runs.

    Williams were about 1 second off the Mercedes

    Looking forward to a full breakdown of long run times. I didn’t see much for them, other than the first few laps where Mercedes looked 0.5 – 1 second faster than anyone else.

    Assuming no reliability problems it will be a Mercedes 1-2, followed by a Red Bull 3-4 IMO.

  3. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 14th March 2014, 8:00

    Mercedes look good. Both on the time sheets, and with the way their car handles on track.

    Hoping for a Merc 1-2 :D Go Lewis!

  4. JP (@jonathanproc) said on 14th March 2014, 8:00

    “But [Grosjean’s] day ended when his car lurched left under braking at turn six, almost hitting the barrier, and leaving him stuck in a gravel trap. ”

    I’m pretty sure he did hit the barrier. The left-rear suspension appeared to be broken before he entered the gravel.

  5. OOliver said on 14th March 2014, 8:02

    Engines are not even revving to the max and we are already concluding.
    I see RBR as a good bet for the win this weekend, they’ve only been slow because they were asked to run slow.
    Mclaren also seem to be very fast.

  6. OneBHK (@onebhk) said on 14th March 2014, 8:06

    Its heartening to see Redbull finally managing the laps… They have done the maximum number of laps by any team in both the FPs… a total of 115 laps

  7. Eric Morman (@lethalnz) said on 14th March 2014, 8:12

    i have to say the cars look stupid with those crazy looking noses,
    but the cars in general with less down force more power coming out of the corners makes for better drivers to shine,
    i dont like Vettel but was impressed with his driving skills, how he managed to slid in and out of corners was a delight to watch,
    maybe now that he has to drive the pants off that car i can appreciate his driving skills more,
    very impressed with Alonso, Kimi will definitely be number 2,
    Ham/Rosberg, with no break downs should walk away with this first race, and that will make my day,
    Button is out shinning his partner and putting up decent times, he might even come home with a podium,
    all round no one has really run away with it and the racing should be exciting enough to keep me on the edge of my seat.
    well done F1, new concept is the way of the future whether we like it or not, but please fix that disgusting nose.

    • OneBHK (@onebhk) said on 14th March 2014, 8:17

      The Williams doesn’t look that great on track… Too much white, the Martini effect hardly shows…

    • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 14th March 2014, 11:35

      Many of the cars do indeed look silly (Force India, Toro Rosso and Caterham in particular).
      The FIA is to address this issue for 2015, thankfully. And Caterham will go with a Lotus-style nose, which I think looks fine, in a few races’ time.

    • Button out shinning his partner

      First practice for Magnussen ever, first time on this track, a rookie, 15’th time for Button on this track and 0.5 sec between them, that’s not “out shinning” in my book.
      He will catch up soon.

      • Yes and when Hamilton is vs Alonso he is straight on his pace if not faster. I find it embarrasing if Magnusen does not beat Button in qually 1st race or 20th race sure their will be 4 to 5 ties JB does better just like with Lewis but i repeat go smooth has1 pole 1 pole lol in Mclaren that is bad

  8. palmerstoneroad (@palmerstoneroad) said on 14th March 2014, 9:25

    Any site/online resources where you can have a look at different drivers’ stints?
    The information about fastest in practice sessions is not always the most relevant…

    • Mayank (@mjf1fan) said on 14th March 2014, 9:45

      Wait for sometime as Keith will publish an article showing the longest stints of each driver and then you can get more information.

    • Matt (@mattf1f) said on 14th March 2014, 10:40

      You should find them here

      Looking at the FP2 stints you can see most drivers only tried one flying lap. When it comes to long stints Red Bull clearly in a good shape if their package just stays together. Mercedes looks very, very quick on long runs. And with Ferrari Alonso was lapping 2 secs quicker than Kimi on long runs, surely they must drive with different setups or then they are just hiding something.. or they did the stints with different tires. Also Alonso on long runs is still almost 2 secs behind Mercedes. Other teams on the mix as well so anything can still happen but it still looks like Mercedes leading the field. After Mercedes the order is unknown.

  9. sato113 (@sato113) said on 14th March 2014, 9:47

    the times are the wrong way wrong in the article:
    ‘(Hamilton) 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.’

  10. Frow67 said on 14th March 2014, 11:25

    Think RB may possibly suffer over full race distance as they will be racing in unknown territory, Mercs quick but possible reliability issues & fully expect JB in the Mclaren to dial in to more speed as weekend progresses, they are suposedly testing the new parts not delivered in pre season testing so as they gain understanding he will get faster, with possible difficult weather conditions he may well be the one to watch….and I like the new interim Mobil 1 MP4-29 livery

  11. Tricky (@tricky) said on 14th March 2014, 12:48

    Last year Vettel did a 1:25.9 in FP2, with Hamilton managing a 1:29.6 today.
    That’s probably not a bad indication of the difference in race pace we are going to see. Will be difficult to compare qualifying, wasn’t last year’s qualifying on a damp cold track?

  12. Mclaren_Mircea said on 14th March 2014, 13:58

    There are rumours that Jenson Button’s time in FP2 was set on medium tyres not on soft tyres, like the others.

  13. Michael Brown said on 14th March 2014, 15:36

    Since fuel flow is limited a certain amount at 10,500 RPM and up, is there any reason to rev higher than that?

  14. Something I have been observing : At the exit of T12, the Ferraris and Mercs go crisply through, using just a little bit of the exit curb while the RBRs go deep into the exit, way past the exit curb into the green patch.
    And yes, this is the old shreyasf1fan! Hello everyone!

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