Barcelona Practice 2: Hamilton on top as Vettel struggles

Lewis Hamilton continued to set the pace in Barcelona repeating his time-sheet topping performance of the morning in the day’s second session.

Mercedes ended the day with top two times as Nico Rosberg joined his team-mate at the top of the order, the German making up for lost time after his opening session was interrupted by power unit problems. He finished just under half a second adrift of Hamilton, who set a best lap of 1:25.524.

Third place went to Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo, the Australian finishing just under a second behind Rosberg, but over half a second up on fourth-place Fernando Alonso.

Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday 9 May 2014.

Ricciardo was the only Red Bull running in the afternoon, however. After being restricted to just four laps in the morning with an electrical problem, the Austrian team failed to repair the damage caused in the afternoon and the champion was forced to sit out the whole session.

Alonso, meanwhile, was less than 0.2s ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who finished the second in fifth place. The twin Ferrari’s were followed by the McLarens of Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button respectively.

Felipe Massa was eighth for Williams and was followed by the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado. The Lotus driver had a good afternoon completing 42 laps but it was a more tricky outing for team-mate Romain Grosjean.

Fernando Alonso

The Frenchman suffered with engine woes and brake issues, the latter forcing him to abandon the session after 26 laps.

Elsewhere, there was a worrying moment for Jean-Eric Vergne late in the session. The Toro Rosso driver came out of the pit only for the right-rear wheel of his STR9 to detach and he was to stop at Turn 2. (Reuters)

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Spanish Grand Prix, Free Practice 2 – Friday, 9 May 2014
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:25.52433
26Nico RosbergMercedes1:25.9730.44936
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:26.5090.98538
414Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:27.1211.59733
57Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:27.2961.77233
620Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:27.7882.26437
722Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:27.8112.28729
819Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:27.8242.30031
913Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:27.8662.34242
1026Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:28.0492.52535
1127Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:28.0742.55031
1225Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:28.2462.72230
1399Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:28.2842.76033
1477Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:28.6983.17433
1521Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:29.1053.58124
1611Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:29.1293.60534
178Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:29.4933.96926
1817Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:29.9914.46726
194Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:31.1485.62428
2010Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:31.3385.81438
219Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:31.5866.06239

Note – Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel did not run due to technical problems