Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hockenheimring, 2014

Mercedes stay on top at sweltering Hockenheim

2014 German Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hockenheimring, 2014There was nothing to choose between the two Mercedes drivers in the second practice session at the Hockenheimring.

Lewis Hamilton edged team mate Nico Rosberg by 0.024 seconds as hot conditions pushed track temperatures up to a blistering 58C.

Drivers were repeatedly warned to cool their cars during the 90 minute session. Brakes were a particular concern – Rosberg’s smoking heavily after he pulled up behind Hamilton in the pits at one point.

Both Caterhams suffered technical problems during the session. Marcus Ericsson came to a stop early on and Kamui Kobayashi had a small fire at the rear of his car which required attention from the marshals.

The two Red Bull drivers were urged to cool the left-hand side of their cars through Hockenheim’s fast right-hand turns. But Daniel Ricciardo was able to lap within a tenth of a second of the Mercedes drivers.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth-quickest for Ferrari followed by a trio of Mercedes-powered cars: Felipe Massa sandwiched by the two McLarens.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’18.341 38
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’18.365 0.024 39
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’18.443 0.102 35
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’18.887 0.546 38
5 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’18.960 0.619 40
6 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’19.024 0.683 36
7 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’19.221 0.880 40
8 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’19.248 0.907 35
9 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’19.329 0.988 32
10 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’19.385 1.044 34
11 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.417 1.076 41
12 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’19.452 1.111 27
13 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’19.581 1.240 28
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’19.593 1.252 32
15 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’19.760 1.419 32
16 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’20.158 1.817 35
17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’20.358 2.017 35
18 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.504 2.163 40
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’21.328 2.987 31
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’21.870 3.529 21
21 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’21.898 3.557 28
22 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’23.728 5.387 12

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