Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2014

Mercedes lead the way as Williams suffer double blow

2014 British Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2014Nico Rosberg headed the times in a disrupted first practice session at Silverstone which saw a high-speed accident for Felipe Massa.

The Williams driver ran wide at Stowe corner early in the session, lost control of his car on the run-off at the exit, and spun into the barrier on the inside. Massa was uninjured, but the session was stopped for over a quarter of an hour while the accident scene was cleared up.

This proved useful for Williams as their other car had already come to a stop and could now be recovered. Susie Wolff had only completed four laps when the oil pressure dropped in her Mercedes power unit, causing her to stop at Club corner. But although her car was brought back to the pits the team were unable to repair it in time for her to rejoin.

Wolff was one of two drivers participating in an official F1 session for the first time. The other, Force India’s Daniel Juncadella, had a largely problem-free run in Nico Hulkenberg’s car.

Marcus Ericsson spun off in the high-speed Becketts sequences and the yellow flags were out for several laps while his car was recovered. This came at an inconvenient time for Lewis Hamilton as he tried to beat his team mate’s mark.

The result was Rosberg ended the session quickest by over seven tenths of a second from Hamilton, who was just a tenth of a second ahead of Fernando Alonso. As usual Ferrari ran with a lower fuel load in the first session, as indicated by a radio message from Force India to Sergio Perez.

Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest for Red Bull despite suffering a gearbox problem. However Pastor Maldonado’s problems in the Lotus were more series – he failed even to set a time.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’35.424 25
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’36.155 0.731 22
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’36.263 0.839 23
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’36.623 1.199 21
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’36.706 1.282 23
6 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’36.921 1.497 20
7 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.963 1.539 25
8 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’37.175 1.751 29
9 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’37.227 1.803 25
10 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.231 1.807 30
11 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’37.720 2.296 22
12 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’37.910 2.486 21
13 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.056 2.632 18
14 34 Daniel Juncadella Force India-Mercedes 1’38.083 2.659 23
15 36 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.328 2.904 19
16 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’38.917 3.493 12
17 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’39.461 4.037 7
18 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’39.814 4.390 24
19 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’40.597 5.173 19
20 46 Robin Frijns Caterham-Renault 1’42.261 6.837 11
21 41 Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes 1’44.212 8.788 4
22 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault

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