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Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton tops the times in second practice

Lewis Hamilton topped the opening day of practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, outpacing Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg by six tenths of a second in the afternoon.

The 90-minute session was interrupted by two red flags during the first half-hour of running, the first caused by a crash for Pastor Maldonado and the second by Esteban Gutierrez’s spin.

But Hamilton was not fazed by these brief stoppages and was already fastest, four tenths quicker than Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, before the second red flag.

He then switched to the soft rubber for his performance run, heading out at the halfway point of the session.

By the time Hamilton set his best time, on his first flying lap on the faster rubber, he had slid down to seventh, with Rosberg having bumped McLaren driver Jenson Button off top spot moments earlier.

Hamilton then outpaced Rosberg in all three sectors, a massive 0.445s of his advantage coming in the middle sector, helped by the German having a scruffy lap.

Alonso was third fastest ahead of old team-mate Felipe Massa, the Brazilian Williams driver showing that his team would again be a podium threat here.

Button ended up fifth fastest, 1.470s down, but he set the fastest overall time in sector one, suggesting he was trying a set-up that was low downforce, even by Spa standards.

Valtteri Bottas was sixth fastest in the second Williams, ahead of Daniil Kvyat, with both drivers briefly being classified as high as second thanks to completing their qualifying simulation laps before some of the frontrunners.

Daniel Ricciardo was down in eighth place after completing his first soft-tyre run later than most while work was being done on his front brakes in the pits, jumping from 15th and bumping Kevin Magnussen and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg down to ninth and 10th.

Adrian Sutil was 12th fastest in the improving Sauber, briefly running as high as fourth before being bumped down the order, behind Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso, with Sergio Perez down in 13th.

Lotus’ Romain Grosjean complained of the rear end of his car being unpredictable on his way to 14th, just ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

The Ferrari driver endured a difficult session, with a misfire setting in early on and forcing a lengthy stay in the pits.

He returned to the track in the closing stages of the session, but the car was not able to do any better than 15th.

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi was up in 16th, just 3.587s off the pace, although his position was boosted by several others hitting trouble.

Gutierrez ended up 18th after managing only seven laps before he spun at Blanchimont and being unable to rejoin.

Andre Lotterer continued to impress, ending the session just half-a-tenth off team-mate Marcus Ericsson in 19th place.

Max Chilton, who had yesterday been replaced by Alexander Rossi before earning a reprieve this morning, had sat out the morning session and ended up 20th after his running was hindered by a turbo problem.

Maldonado did not set a time after causing an early red flag when he crashed just after the eight-minute mark.

The Lotus driver drifted onto the grass on the right-hand side of the track run-out of Rivage towards Pouhon and lost control, spearing across the track and heavily into the barrier on the opposite side of the circuit.

But he at least went further than Sebastian Vettel, who was forced to sit out the session as a result of an electrical problem related to the engine in the morning.

This has forced an engine change, which the team did not have the time to do before the afternoon’s running.


Pos Driver                Team                   Time      Gap      Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m49.189s           26
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m49.793s  +0.604s  28
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m49.930s  +0.741s  19
 4. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m50.327s  +1.138s  24
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m50.659s  +1.470s  31
 6. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      1m50.677s  +1.488s  26
 7. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m50.725s  +1.536s  25
 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m50.977s  +1.788s  16
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m51.074s  +1.885s  31
10. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m51.077s  +1.888s  26
11. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m51.383s  +2.194s  26
12. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m51.450s  +2.261s  29
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m51.573s  +2.384s  28
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m52.196s  +3.007s  25
15. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m52.234s  +3.045s  18
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m52.776s  +3.587s  23
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m53.955s  +4.766s   7
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m54.040s  +4.851s  18
19. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m54.050s  +4.861s  30
20. Andre Lotterer        Caterham-Renault       1m54.093s  +4.904s  24
21. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          no time              2
22. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       no time

Da Autosport.com


Belgian GP: Nico Rosberg quickest in opening practice session

Mercedes was fastest in first practice for the 2014 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg outpacing Lewis Hamilton by 0.097s.

As expected, Mercedes­-engined cars dominated the top 10, with the ‘works’ cars trading quickest times in the final half hour.

Rosberg topped the timesheets for the first half of the session with a 1m51.724s lap before Hamilton edged ahead, but Rosberg hit back by going another tenth of a second faster.

Hamilton’s race engineer Peter Bonnington informed him that the time came from Rosberg being quicker through the chicane and picking up more mid­-corner ­to ­exit speed at Pouhon.

Both Mercedes then returned to the circuit in the final minutes but did not improve their times.

Ferrari arrived at Spa with a revised low­-downforce aero package and proved to be the fastest non­-Mercedes team. Fernando Alonso was especially impressive, third fastest and just two tenths off Rosberg’s benchmark.

Kimi Raikkonen, so often a Spa specialist, continued to fight his F14 T but finished fifth fastest, albeit a second slower than his team-­mate.

The Ferraris sandwiched the McLaren of fourth-­placed Jenson Button, who survived a brief scare when his DRS stuck open. Button was a comfortable half­ second faster than team-­mate Kevin Magnussen.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was the only other top 10 runner without a Mercedes engine, closing the session in ninth place, behind Magnussen and the two Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

Ricciardo’s team-­mate Sebastian Vettel was two places adrift after an eventful session. He reported gearshift problems and ran off ­track at Pouhon, then ran just another handful of laps before returning to the garage with a temperature-­related exhaust failure.

Valtteri Bottas was the only Williams driver to finish inside the top 10, seven tenths quicker than team-­mate Felipe Massa.

While 1.595s separated P1 from P10, the gap from fastest to slowest on the entire grid was a substantial 6.4s, with the usual suspects propping up the order.

Alexander Rossi, who will not now drive in the grand prix, was over a second slower than Marussia team-­mate Jules Bianchi.

It only took F1 debutant Andre Lotterer 10 laps at the wheel of the newly upgraded Caterham to overhaul team-­mate Marcus Ericsson, who spun at La Source in response.


Pos Driver                Team                      Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  1m51.577s           25    
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1m51.674s  +0.097s  24    
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   1m51.805s  +0.228s  16    
 4. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          1m52.404s  +0.827s  21    
 5. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                   1m52.818s  +1.241s  17    
 6. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes      1m52.903s  +1.326s  24    
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes          1m52.922s  +1.345s  23    
 8. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes      1m52.937s  +1.360s  22    
 9. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault          1m52.972s  +1.395s  19    
10. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes         1m53.172s  +1.595s  20    
11. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          1m53.369s  +1.792s  11    
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault        1m53.594s  +2.017s  21    
13. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault             1m53.597s  +2.020s  20    
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari            1m53.703s  +2.126s  14    
15. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes         1m53.968s  +2.391s  20    
16. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault        1m54.189s  +2.612s  20    
17. Giedo van der Garde   Sauber-Ferrari            1m54.335s  +2.758s  16    
18. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault             1m55.336s  +3.759s  21    
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari          1m55.782s  +4.205s  19    
20. Alexander Rossi       Marussia-Ferrari          1m57.232s  +5.655s  20    
21. Andre Lotterer        Caterham-Renault          1m57.886s  +6.309s  24    
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault          1m57.977s  +6.400s  24
Da Autosport.com

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