Hamilton puts Mercedes ahead by a second

2014 Bahrain Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014Mercedes gave a clear signal of their potential by dominating the second practice session. Lewis Hamilton lapped a second quicker than any of the team’s rivals.

For the second session in a row Nico Rosberg was second-fastest followed by Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari. Rosberg ended the session under investigation after getting in Sergio Perez’s way at the final corner in the opening minutes of practice.

The Red Bull pair were higher up the times sheets, Daniel Ricciardo fourth and Sebastian Vettel seventh.

Felipe Massa completed the top five after a quiet session for the two Williams drivers. They spent most of practice in the garage and only emerged late in proceedings to conduct a handful of laps.

Several drivers encountered problems during the session. Max Chilton was taken by surprise when his Marussia snapped out of control under braking for turn four, leaving him stationary in the run-off area. The car then came back to life, but he was advised to switch it off and jump clear.

Adrian Sutil experienced a loss of power in his Sauber and came to a stop soon afterwards. And Marcus Ericsson pulled up with a few minutes to go after his team noticed a sudden increase in the temperature of his MGU-K.

Both McLaren drivers featued in the top ten, as did Daniil Kvyat despite a loss of power on his Toro Rosso towards the end of the session. Perez completed the top ten for Force India having covered the most laps of any driver.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’34.325 28
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’34.690 0.365 31
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.360 1.035 28
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’35.433 1.108 28
5 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’35.442 1.117 13
6 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’35.528 1.203 21
7 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’35.606 1.281 30
8 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’35.640 1.315 31
9 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’35.662 1.337 22
10 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’35.802 1.477 40
11 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’35.920 1.595 9
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’35.972 1.647 33
13 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’36.366 2.041 33
14 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.962 2.637 13
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.975 2.650 35
16 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’36.998 2.673 18
17 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’37.259 2.934 25
18 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’37.599 3.274 23
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’37.800 3.475 15
20 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’38.247 3.922 10
21 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’38.257 3.932 33
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’39.136 4.811 30

Image © Daimler/Hoch Zwei