Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

Hamilton on top as Vettel hits trouble in practice

2014 Spanish Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes in their customary position on top of the timing screens in the first practice session at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The winner of the last three races reeled off a pair of flying laps in the final minutes of the session to end up quickest on a 1’27.023.

But team mate Nico Rosberg only did nine laps after the team discovered a problem with his energy recovery system.

Jenson Button was second-fastest having headed much of the session in his McLaren.

Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso made it four different cars in the top four. But there were problems for the other Red Bull.

The session was only a few minutes old when Sebastian Vettel’s RB10 came to a stop at turn six. He kept a close eye on the rear of his car, fire extinguisher at the ready, before it was returned to the pits. But he took no further part in practice.

Giedo van der Garde had a scare when he suffered a suspected brake failure at turn one. He hurtled across the gravel trap and came close to hitting the barrier before recovering to the pits.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’27.023 17
2 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.891 0.868 26
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’27.973 0.950 21
4 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’28.128 1.105 23
5 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’28.168 1.145 9
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’28.337 1.314 19
7 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.423 1.400 27
8 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’28.744 1.721 34
9 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’28.779 1.756 18
10 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’28.791 1.768 13
11 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’28.792 1.769 24
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’28.828 1.805 17
13 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’28.859 1.836 24
14 40 Felipe Nasr Williams-Mercedes 1’29.272 2.249 15
15 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.688 2.665 16
16 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’29.820 2.797 22
17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’29.944 2.921 21
18 36 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1’30.440 3.417 22
19 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’30.748 3.725 19
20 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’30.942 3.919 4
21 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’30.997 3.974 22
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’31.421 4.398 22

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