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Hamilton fastest despite power issue

Tom Howard

Saturday 5th July, 2014 - 12:42am

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Lewis Hamilton topped second practice despite an engine issue

Lewis Hamilton topped second practice despite coming to halt out on circuit

Lewis Hamilton ended Friday free practice at the top of the timesheets despite encountering an mechanical problem in the final session of the day at Silverstone.

The Mercedes driver ended the session with a personal best of 1.34.508s which was two tenths quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg.

While Mercedes remained in a class of their own, Fernando Alonso continued to show encouraging signs for Ferrari in third.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth as he once again outperformed his world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who was fifth fastest.

Although he ended the session fastest, Hamilton was forced to spend the final minutes of practice in the garage after his W05 came to a halt at the Loop with a drive issue.

Despite the problem robbing him of his final run, the 2008 world champion is confident the issue will not hold him back this weekend.

The car felt pretty good here but unfortunately I lost my most important run of the day this afternoon when I stopped out on track with an engine problem, said Hamilton.

“We haven’t identified what the issue was yet but it shouldn’t impact the rest of my weekend. We will change my programme around tomorrow morning to try and recover the time that I lost and make sure that I can complete my race preparation with a long run.

“It’s not ideal but we’ll recover.”

Williams’ day finished on a high note as Valtteri Bottas ended the session in sixth although he was 1.508s off the pace of the front running Mercedes. The Finn incurred damage to his engine cover during the hit out.

Jenson Button was seventh for McLaren ahead of his team-mate Kevin Magnussen with Kimi Raikkonen ninth.

Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne rounded out the top 10 despite an off caused by a loose front left wheel.

Formula 1 British Grand Prix Free Practice 2 Results  

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.508s 14
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.736s +0.228s 35
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:35.244s +0.736s 32
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:35.511s +1.003s 11
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:35.627s +1.119s 27
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:36.016s +1.508s 33
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.228s +1.720s 34
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.299s +1.791s 35
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.554s +2.046s 29
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:36.583s +2.075s 26
11 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:36.671s +2.163s 29
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:36.778s +2.270s 31
13 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.951s +2.443s 35
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:37.064s +2.556s 35
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:37.097s +2.589s 33
16 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:37.236s +2.728s 37
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:37.449s +2.941s 27
18 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:37.520s +3.012s 25
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:38.658s +4.150s 11
20 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:39.068s +4.560s 31
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:39.224s +4.716s 28
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:39.762s +5.254s 21

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