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Hamilton sweeps practice as brake probe continues

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Saturday 26th July, 2014 - 12:23am

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Lewis Hamilton dominates practice while Mercedes continue analysis of his  brake failure from Hockenheim last week

Lewis Hamilton dominates practice while Mercedes continue analysis of his brake failure from Hockenheim last week

Lewis Hamilton has bounced back from a problematic German campaign by leaping to the top in the opening practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton showed the Mercedes dominance on both the medium and soft compound Pirelli tyres during the second 90-minute free practice session.

After Red Bull briefly held the top two times, Hamilton posted a 1:24.482s at the high downforce Hungaroring which was almost 1.5s quicker than the time he set in opening practice.

Although the pace of the Mercedes was clear, Hamilton remained unhappy with the performance of the brakes, voicing his concern to the team during the session.

In the wake of Hamilton’s heavy shunt in qualifying at Hockenheim, the team launched an investigation into the brake failure.

In a brief statement released soon after second practice, Mercedes said there is no clear evidence indicating the cause of the failure.

“There is currently no clear evidence of a single cause of failure and our continuing rigorous analysis will take into account multiple factors which could have contributed to the incident,” the statement said.

“The results of this technical analysis will be communicated as soon as they are available.

“Formula 1 is a domain of advanced development where technologies are pushed to their limits and in which strong partnerships are crucially important.

“Brembo and Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 team remain committed to a close working relationship in the future.”

Championship leader Nico Rosberg was second fastest in both sessions.

In the final run Rosberg was .23s slower than Hamilton with Red Bull ace Sebastian Vettel .62s off the top time.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo was 1.5s off in seventh place as Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen took fourth and sixth, either side of McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen.

The ever-improving Valtteri Bottas (Williams) was eighth while Jenson Button (McLaren) and Felipe Massa (Williams) filled the top 10.

Practice 1

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retirement

Gap

Laps

 1

Lewis Hamilton

 Mercedes

1:25.814s

27

 2

Nico Rosberg

 Mercedes

1:25.997

+0.183s

31

 3

Kimi Raikkonen

 Ferrari

1:26.421

+0.607

29

 4

Fernando Alonso

 Ferrari

1:26.872

+1.058

23

 5

Sebastian Vettel

 Red Bull-Renault

1:27.220

+1.406

28

 6

Kevin Magnussen

 McLaren-Mercedes

1:27.357

+1.543

28

 7

Jean-Eric Vergne

 Toro Rosso-Renault

1:27.683

+1.869

30

 8

Daniel Ricciardo

 Red Bull-Renault

1:27.782

+1.968

16

 9

Jenson Button

 McLaren-Mercedes

1:27.804

+1.990

27

10

Felipe Massa

 Williams-Mercedes

1:27.960

+2.146

24

11

Esteban Gutierrez

 Sauber-Ferrari

1:27.967

+2.153

25

12

Nico Hulkenberg

 Force India-Mercedes

1:28.101

+2.287

28

13

Daniil Kvyat

 Toro Rosso-Renault

1:28.208

+2.394

32

14

Pastor Maldonado

 Lotus-Renault

1:28.266

+2.452

28

15

Valtteri Bottas

 Williams-Mercedes

1:28.330

+2.516

21

16

Sergio Perez

 Force India-Mercedes

1:28.376

+2.562

24

17

Romain Grosjean

 Lotus-Renault

1:28.593

+2.779

24

18

Adrian Sutil

 Sauber-Ferrari

1:29.025

+3.211

23

19

Kamui Kobayashi

 Caterham-Renault

1:30.363

+4.549

30

20

Marcus Ericsson

 Caterham-Renault

1:30.892

+5.078

24

21

Max Chilton

 Marussia-Ferrari

1:31.004

+5.190

5

22

Jules Bianchi

 Marussia-Ferrari

1:31.248

+5.434

20

Practice 2

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retirement

Gap

Laps

 1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:24.482s

38

 2

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1:24.720

+0.238s

38

 3

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

1:25.111

+0.629

33

 4

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

1:25.437

+0.955

26

 5

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren-Mercedes

1:25.580

+1.098

34

 6

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1:25.730

+1.248

30

 7

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1:25.983

+1.501

29

 8

Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Mercedes

1:25.999

+1.517

37

 9

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

1:26.234

+1.752

33

10

Felipe Massa

Williams-Mercedes

1:26.402

+1.920

18

11

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Renault

1:26.689

+2.207

42

12

Jean-Eric Vergne

Toro Rosso-Renault

1:26.703

+2.221

37

13

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

1:26.789

+2.307

39

14

Adrian Sutil

Sauber-Ferrari

1:26.919

+2.437

41

15

Sergio Perez

Force India-Mercedes

1:27.013

+2.531

39

16

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus-Renault

1:27.019

+2.537

40

17

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

1:27.021

+2.539

14

18

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber-Ferrari

1:27.480

+2.998

32

19

Kamui Kobayashi

Caterham-Renault

1:28.370

+3.888

35

20

Jules Bianchi

Marussia-Ferrari

1:28.469

+3.987

26

21

Max Chilton

Marussia-Ferrari

1:28.586

+4.104

35

22

Marcus Ericsson

Caterham-Renault

1:29.036

+4.554

34

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