Silverstone Practice 2: Hamilton fastest despite problems

Lewis Hamilton on top at the end of day one at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton on top at the end of day one at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton ended day one on home soil fastest of all, after topping the time sheets at the of the Second Free Practice of the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone, but there were concerns on his side of the garage as an apparent oil pressure issue curtailed his running during the 90 minute session.

Hamilton’s best time of 1:34.508 was set during a qualifying simulation, but on the hour mark his Mercedes came to a stop out on track and as a result missed out on valuable race simulation which had been on his agenda before the stoppage.

“I’m not frustrated, it just happened. I just don’t know why it keeps happening to my car so much,” mused the Briton, after sitting out half an hour of the session.

Lewis Hamilton stoppedon track

Lewis Hamilton stoppedon track

Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was second fastest and was thus tasked with data gathering in race mode for the team, which Hamilton will have access to. At the end of the day, despite the niggles, the Mercedes pair were again in another league.

Next up was Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari who whittled down the difference to the Silver Arrows from just shy of a second in the morning session, to a 0.736 of a second in the afternoon. Notably his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, down in ninth, was 1.31 seconds down on the Spaniard and over two seconds off Hamilton’s best, the Finn complaining about the handling on his F14T.

Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel were fourth and fifth respectively, but the Australian only managed 11 laps as a gearbox problem afflicted his RB10, while the world champion showed some handy race pace during his long stints.

Jean-Eric Vergne suffered a front wheel failure

Jean-Eric Vergne suffered a front wheel failure

Valtteri Bottas was back in the Williams cockpit, after Susie Wolff’s disappointing morning run, and ended sixth fastest although he suffered a bizarre ‘exploding’ engine cover in the latter stages of the session.

Seventh on the timing screens was Jenson Button, wearing a bright pink helmet in honour of his late father John, and fractionally quicker than teammate Kevin Magnussen in eighth.

Behind Raikkonen, Jean Eric Vergne rounded out the top ten in the Toro Rosso, the luckless Frenchman suffering a left front wheel failure during the course of his afternoon. (GP 247)

British Grand Prix, Free Practice 2 – Friday, 4 July 2014
Pos No Driver Team Time 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 Racing-Renault 1:35.511 1.003 11
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-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 Räikkönen Ferrari 1:36.554 2.046 29
10 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:36.583 2.075 26
11 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:36.671 2.163 29
12 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-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