Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014

Hamilton to the fore as Mercedes remain on top

2014 Belgian Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014Lewis Hamilton led another Mercedes one-two as Friday’s practice running came to an end.

He enjoyed a comfortable margin of over six-tenths of a second over team mate Nico Rosberg, who made a mistake during his quickest run on the soft tyres.

For the second session in a row Fernando Alonso was third-quickest, and the only non-Mercedes driver to break the 1’50 barrier. But once again Kimi Raikkonen’s preparations were disrupted by technical problems, this time a misfire.

He at least managed to cover 18 laps, however, which was more than could be said for Sebastian Vettel. He never left the garage as Red Bull continued to work on the problem which his car developed in the morning.

Pastor Maldonado also failed to set a time, having crashed his Lotus on the approach to Pouhon after he left the pits. Maldonado appeared to lose control of his car on the Astroturf at the exit.

The session was red-flagged while his car was recovered, and was later stopped for a second time after Esteban Gutierrez spun to a stop at Blanchimont, blaming a gearbox problem with his car.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’49.189 26
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’49.793 0.604 28
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’49.930 0.741 19
4 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’50.327 1.138 24
5 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’50.659 1.470 31
6 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’50.677 1.488 26
7 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’50.725 1.536 25
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’50.977 1.788 16
9 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’51.074 1.885 31
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’51.077 1.888 26
11 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’51.383 2.194 26
12 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’51.450 2.261 29
13 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’51.573 2.384 28
14 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’52.196 3.007 25
15 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’52.234 3.045 18
16 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’52.776 3.587 23
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’53.955 4.766 7
18 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’54.040 4.851 18
19 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’54.050 4.861 30
20 45 Andre Lotterer Caterham-Renault 1’54.093 4.904 24
21 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault No time
22 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault No time

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