Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

Mercedes comfortably ahead in second practice

2014 Spanish Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Lewis Hamilton stayed on top in the second practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix.

The two Mercedes drivers headed the times while sunny conditions pushed track temperatures up into the high forties. But Nico Rosberg was over four-tenths of a second slower than Hamilton.

Daniel Ricciardo was the only driver from Mercedes’ rivals to get within a second of their fastest time. The sister car belonging to Sebastian Vettel did not appear as the team had to replace a wiring loom following his problem in the first practice session.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo watched over his team as their drivers ended the session inside the top five, albeit over a second and a half slower than the flying W05s.

They were followed by three Mercedes-powered cars: the two McLaren drivers and the Williams of Felipe Massa.

Pastor Maldonado underlined Lotus’s continual improvement with the ninth-fastest time. His session came to an early end due to a gearbox problem.

His team mate had a trouble-filled 90 minutes. Romain Grosjean complained of a handling imbalance at the rear of his car earlier in the session, then came to a halt at the pit lane exit when the team discovered a problem with his car. His practice period eventually ended shortly before the chequered flag due to a worsening brake problem.

Two other drivers hit trouble minutes before the end. Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso shed its right-rear wheel in turn two, forcing him to come to a stop.

Finally Max Chilton went off at turn four moments before the chequered flag appeared, the Marussia driver admitting he simply made a mistake.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’25.524 33
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’25.973 0.449 36
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’26.509 0.985 38
4 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’27.121 1.597 33
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’27.296 1.772 33
6 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.788 2.264 37
7 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.811 2.287 29
8 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’27.824 2.300 31
9 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’27.866 2.342 42
10 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’28.049 2.525 35
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’28.074 2.550 31
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’28.246 2.722 30
13 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.284 2.760 33
14 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’28.698 3.174 33
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.105 3.581 24
16 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’29.129 3.605 34
17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’29.493 3.969 26
18 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’29.991 4.467 26
19 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’31.148 5.624 28
20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’31.338 5.814 38
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’31.586 6.062 39
22 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault No time 0

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