Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Hamilton recovers to lead second practice

2014 Chinese Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014Lewis Hamilton missed the first half hour of second practice but recovered to end the session with the fastest time.

He set a 1’38.315 on soft tyres putting him over a tenth of a second ahead of first practice pace-setter Fernando Alonso. But Hamilton wasn’t happy with the balance of his Mercedes.

Shortly before the end of the 90-minute practice period Hamilton abandoned his race stint run, telling his team: “something’s not right, I’m coming in”.

Team mate Nico Rosberg was third-quickest but had been told to back off by two-tenths of a second in the final sector due to a yellow flag.

This was caused by Pastor Maldonado, who crashed on his way into the pit lane. The Lotus driver understeered wide and hit the barrier near where Hamilton’s race famously came to an end in 2007.

The Red Bull pair were also in the top ten, Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Sebastian Vettel. But like most drivers they found their tyres were graining in the long first corner at the start of the lap in the cool temperatures.

Felipe Massa was sixth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who managed 14 laps in the second session having failed to leave the pits during the first.

The top ten was completed by Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean and Daniil Kvyat.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’38.315 25
2 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.456 0.141 28
3 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.726 0.411 30
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’38.811 0.496 30
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’39.015 0.700 31
6 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’39.118 0.803 25
7 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’39.283 0.968 25
8 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.491 1.176 29
9 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’39.537 1.222 36
10 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’39.648 1.333 26
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’39.736 1.421 30
12 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.744 1.429 29
13 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’39.759 1.444 28
14 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’39.830 1.515 25
15 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’40.124 1.809 32
16 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.359 2.044 32
17 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.395 2.080 30
18 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’40.455 2.140 12
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’42.327 4.012 27
20 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’43.473 5.158 30
21 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’43.530 5.215 32
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’43.679 5.364 32