Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton stays on top in FP2

Lewis Hamilton dominated Friday afternoon practice ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, outpacing Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg by almost half-a-second

Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton stays on top in FP2

After Hamilton and Rosberg topped the times during the early running, when all drivers lapped on the hard-compound Pirellis, Daniel Ricciardo was the first frontrunner to run the faster rubber.

He improved his time by a second to go top by half-a-second from Hamilton shortly after the half-hour mark, with Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen also completing a relatively early lap on mediums to go third.

But both Mercedes drivers were soon out on the medium Pirellis, with Rosberg momentarily taking top spot with 51 minutes to go before Hamilton set a time 0.449s faster.

Ricciardo's lap was good enough to hold third, with home hero Fernando Alonso jumping ahead of Raikkonen.

McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen went sixth fastest shortly after the halfway mark of the session, shading team-mate Jenson Button with Felipe Massa's Williams just behind.

Pastor Maldonado, the first driver to set a time on the mediums which briefly elevated him to fourth fastest, was shuffled down to ninth by the end of the session ahead of Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat.

Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean was only 17th after a troubled session, initially complaining of a lack of rear-end downforce before being called in with a braking problem that potentially made the car unsafe.

Force India had a quiet session, with Nico Hulkenberg the faster of its drivers in 11th place ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, whose session came to an end with five minutes to go after his right-rear wheel flew off after he had stopped to change tyres.

Behind them was Adrian Sutil in the improved, lightweight Sauber-Ferrari C33, a car he hopes will allow him to fight for a points finish for the first time in 2014 this weekend.

Sebastian Vettel sat out the session after completing only four laps in the morning thanks to an electrical problem.

His Red Bull squad discovered that the wiring loom had been damaged, meaning there was not enough time to get the car fixed and back out on track.

Marussia driver Max Chilton also hit trouble, suffering an engine problem that restricted him to only in-and-out laps early in the session before completing some meaningful running later on.

He ended the session in the gravel at Turn 4 after what appeared to be a driver error.

He also caused a yellow flag at the entry to the final corner when his Marussia shed a piece of bodywork that had to be recovered by a marshal.

Track conditions were good throughout the session, with the ambient temperature around the 23-24C mark and track temperatures in the mid-40s.

 Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.524s 33 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.973s +0.449s 36 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:26.509s +0.985s 38 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:27.121s +1.597s 33 5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:27.296s +1.772s 33 6. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.788s +2.264s 37 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.811s +2.287s 29 8. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:27.824s +2.300s 31 9. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:27.866s +2.342s 42 10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.049s +2.525s 35 11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:28.074s +2.550s 31 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.246s +2.722s 30 13. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.284s +2.760s 33 14. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:28.698s +3.174s 33 15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.105s +3.581s 24 16. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:29.129s +3.605s 34 17. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:29.463s +3.939s 26 18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:29.991s +4.467s 26 19. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:31.148s +5.624s 28 20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:31.338s +5.814s 38 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:31.586s +6.062s 39 22. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault no time 


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