Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2014

Hamilton quickest – then breaks down

2014 British Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2014Lewis Hamilton led another Mercedes one-two during practice at Silverstone – before his car broke down.

There was half an hour of the session remaining when Hamilton’s car came to a stop moment after he left the pit lane with an apparent engine failure. Earlier in the session he had also been advised of a failure on his brake-by-wire system.

Before that he used the medium tyres to set the fastest time of the session with a 1’34.508. After that he improved his time through the first sector of the lap – where he had been told he’d lost time to Rosberg – before backing off and returning to the pits.

Rosberg’s best effort was two-tenths of a second slower, which put him half a second ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari. The two Red Bulls were next, Daniel Ricciardo a tenth of a second ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton was one of three drivers who came to a stop on the track during the session. Jean-Eric Vergne brought his Toro Rosso to an immediate halt when his front-left wheel began to part ways with his cars in Abbey. Toro Rosso immediately called in the other car of Daniil Kvyat to check for the same fault.

Marcus Ericsson also suffered a problem in his Caterham. He pulled off into the old pit lane after a failure which left him with damaged bodywork around his engine.

A similar fate befell Valtteri Bottas, whose engine cover broke off on the Hangar straight. The Williams team had repaired his car following the oil pressure problem which ended Susie Wolff’s run in it during the morning session.

Felipe Massa was also able to get going again following his heavy crash in practice. However as the chequered flag appeared at the end of the second session he reported a loss of power in his Williams.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’34.508 14
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’34.736 0.228 35
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.244 0.736 32
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’35.511 1.003 11
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’35.627 1.119 27
6 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’36.016 1.508 33
7 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.228 1.720 34
8 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.299 1.791 35
9 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’36.554 2.046 29
10 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’36.583 2.075 26
11 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’36.671 2.163 29
12 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’36.778 2.270 31
13 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.951 2.443 35
14 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’37.064 2.556 35
15 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’37.097 2.589 33
16 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’37.236 2.728 37
17 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’37.449 2.941 27
18 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’37.520 3.012 25
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’38.658 4.150 11
20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’39.068 4.560 31
21 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’39.224 4.716 28
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’39.762 5.254 21

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