Hamilton quickest – then breaks down

2014 British Grand Prix second practice

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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36 comments on Hamilton quickest – then breaks down

  1. Slava (@slava) said on 4th July 2014, 15:45

    Why Button wears “japanish” colour helmet?

  2. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 4th July 2014, 15:49



    • Michael (@freelittlebirds) said on 4th July 2014, 16:09

      It’s only sarcasm when it’s not entirely true – this is just ridiculous, he’s going into the race with a car that’s had 2 fatal issues (3 if you include quali in Austria). it’s like Federer or Djokovic heading into Wimbledon wondering if his racket will break and he will DNF the tournament while his opponent’s racket has never broken over 8 races…

      Rosberg might win because he had a racket in most tournaments. I’m sure Merc is advising to stay off the throttle and off the brakes as much as he can. And make sure you beat Rosberg and that phenomenal racket of his while you are going as slow as you can.

      • Mashiat (@mashiat) said on 4th July 2014, 16:51

        When did Hamilton have a “fatal issue” in Qualifying in Australia. And do you even know the meaning of ‘fatal’? If Hamilton even had one ‘fatal’ accident/failure, he wouldn’t even live to tell the tale!

      • Breno (@austus) said on 4th July 2014, 17:14

        Plot twist: Ferrari are sabotaging Hamilton’s car, because Alonso has to finish ahead of his former teammate.

      • Lari (@lari) said on 4th July 2014, 19:23

        Only issue Hamilton had in Austria quali was himself, nothing technical. It was even confirmed by Merc themselves.

        • David BR2 said on 4th July 2014, 20:14

          Well not quite: actually not ‘himself,’ but an unfortunate coincidence of braking later than previous laps, precisely where there was a raise in the track, causing loss of traction.

          • walter said on 4th July 2014, 21:14

            Too fine a distinction for me to process.

          • Breno (@austus) said on 4th July 2014, 21:38

            He braked 8m too late. He cost himself and Rosberg pole.

          • David BR2 said on 5th July 2014, 2:04

            Wolff: “I think it was also bad luck. He was braking 10 metres later, he had a little bit more pressure on the brake pedal, and he hit a bump.”

          • Lari (@lari) said on 5th July 2014, 7:19

            And that means himself, because he tried to brake later and failed it. You can’t really blame the track, or otherwise that could be the case always with errors “Oh the track made it harder, wasn’t like I wanted at that braking point so I lost it” or something similar. All knew about the bumb, all knew the risks of braking later, on the “bump”.

  3. Prof Kirk (@prof-kirk) said on 4th July 2014, 15:54

    Sebastian, You need to eat more magic beans to get on top of that Australian kid.

  4. Ron (@rcorporon) said on 4th July 2014, 15:58

    If these times are indicative of what we’ll get race day it’s going to be a tough run for anybody not in a Merc. Here’s hoping that Ham and Ros break down at some point and we see a little variety on the podium (like in Montreal).

  5. Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 4th July 2014, 16:00

    This headline could almost be the season summary ;)

  6. JimG (@jimg) said on 4th July 2014, 16:15

    What on Earth happened to Bottas’ car?! The BBC coverage said there was a small explosion, and James Allen was quoted as saying he’d never seen anything like it in F1 before!

    Not a good day for Williams :-(

  7. kpcart said on 4th July 2014, 16:23

    will hamiltons engine failure require a replacement and grid penalty?

    • Sri Harsha (@harsha) said on 4th July 2014, 16:25

      Mostly for Friday team wont install a Race engine so i don’t think there would be any but for sure he will have one less engine if the engine blown today and unable to get into Working condition

  8. Gideon Hadi (@) said on 4th July 2014, 16:26

    if Fernando keep this momentum through Qualifying and Race , I’m quite confident that Ferrari will get their second podium in this season, well it is quite unlikely.

  9. Michael C said on 4th July 2014, 16:33

    Paddy Lowe has said the engine needs replacing but that is normal procedure for Friday afternoon as all cars only use their designated 5 engines on Saturdays and Sundays.
    Shame about the lack of running for Lewis, the Silverstone crowd go nuts for him!

  10. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 4th July 2014, 19:36

    Come on, this is getting silly. It’s about time car #6 felt some pain.

  11. Hemz Shaw (@hemzshaw) said on 4th July 2014, 19:40

    I don’t know what went wrong with FI, off late they have not been performing up to their capability in practices and then spring a surprise in the race!

    • MagillaGorilla (@magillagorilla) said on 5th July 2014, 7:22

      @hemzshaw their practice is fine, they just don’t seem to be doing quick runs for qualifying until FP3 and instead opt to do long runs. This becomes more obvious when we see the past few races where they have probably the best long run strategy out there. They are probably trying to figure out some sort of strategy to leap frog the competition as they’ve been doing. Though it wont help much if it rains.

  12. SauberS1 (@saubers1) said on 4th July 2014, 22:30

    Sauber cars are not too fast…

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