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
Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.524 33
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.973 0.449 36
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:26.509 0.985 38
4 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:27.121 1.597 33
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:27.296 1.772 33
6 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.788 2.264 37
7 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.811 2.287 29
8 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:27.824 2.300 31
9 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:27.866 2.342 42
10 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:28.049 2.525 35
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:28.074 2.550 31
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:28.246 2.722 30
13 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.284 2.760 33
14 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:28.698 3.174 33
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.105 3.581 24
16 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:29.129 3.605 34
17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:29.493 3.969 26
18 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:29.991 4.467 26
19 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:31.148 5.624 28
20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:31.338 5.814 38
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:31.586 6.062 39

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