Red Bull Ring Practice 2: Hamilton tops day one

Lewis Hamilton fastest in FP2

Lewis Hamilton fastest in FP2

Lewis Hamilton was comfortably quicker than championship leading Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg on the first day of Free Practice of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, as Formula 1 returned to the country for the first time in 11 years.

The Briton, who is 22 points behind the German after seven races, lapped the Red Bull Ring with a fastest time of 1:09.542 seconds on Super-soft tyres in an afternoon session that stayed dry despite dark clouds overhead.

Rosberg had been quickest in the rain-affected morning session with a best effort of 1:11.295, with Hamilton 0.140 behind, but was a considerable 0.377 slower than the 2008 world champion in  Second Practice.

Hamilton has won four races to Rosberg’s two so far this season, but has also suffered two costly retirements through no fault of his own.

Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso, one of just four current drivers to have raced previously at what was formerly the A1 Ring, finished third in both sessions.

Fernando Alonso fastest in FP2

Fernando Alonso fastest in FP2

Williams again looked strong, with Brazilian Felipe Massa fourth in the morning and Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas filling that position in the afternoon and ensuring that Mercedes powered cars hogged four of the top five spots on the timing screens.

Red Bull’s four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel had a spectacular spin in the morning, but was sixth fastest after lunch, as several drivers ran wide at the fast and scenic circuit in the southern Styrian mountains.

The German, whose mechanics changed the car’s floor after his high-speed spin at the exit to the last corner, was lucky not to clout the barrier at the Red Bull-owned track.

Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo, winner of the previous race in Canada, was 13th and eighth fastest respectively amid intermittent rain and after also having his car’s floor changed.

Sunday’s race will be the first at the renovated track. The circuit one of the shortest on the calendar. (GP247-Reuters)

 

Austrian Grand Prix, Free Practice 2 – Friday, 20 June 2014
Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:09.542 37
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:09.919 0.377 50
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:10.470 0.928 40
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:10.519 0.977 44
5 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:10.521 0.979 39
6 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:10.807 1.265 39
7 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.813 1.271 44
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:10.920 1.378 36
9 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.936 1.394 45
10 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:10.972 1.430 39
11 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:10.974 1.432 45
12 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:11.261 1.719 45
13 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:11.296 1.754 36
14 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:11.491 1.949 42
15 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:11.765 2.223 30
16 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:11.806 2.264 42
17 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:11.935 2.393 39
18 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:12.229 2.687 43
19 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:12.262 2.720 46
20 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:12.279 2.737 36
21 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:12.937 3.395 24
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:13.596 4.054 48

 

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