Formula One: Hamilton fastest in Spanish Friday Practice!

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014The first European round of the 2014 Formula One world championship got under-way today with the two Friday Practice sessions at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. Lewis Hamilton, who has won the last 3 Grand Prix in  a row, topped both 90 minute sessions is showing every sign of winning his 4th race out of 5 this season.

Practice 1 began with home hero Fernando Alonso claiming the top spot as he threw his Ferrari around the circuit. He would later be deposed by Jenson Button who led the session all the way until the final few minutes when Hamilton put in two fastest laps in a row to take the fastest time by 8 tenths of a second.

Alonso ended up in P4, just behind Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull. Alonso discredited the chance of a podium in yesterday’s press conference and commented that he would need luck to be able to do so. Nico Rosberg had an unproductive first session after his team discovered a problem with the energy recovery system on his Mercedes. As a result he only completed 9 laps and was 5th fastest.

Kimi Raikkonen and Kevin Magnussen were 6th and 7th fastest ahead of a surprise flash of pace from 2012 Spanish GP winner Pastor Maldonado. The Venezuelan has had a tough start to his 2014 season but briefly held 3rd and set the most amount of laps of anyone in the first 90 minutes. Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10 for Toro Rosso.

Sebastian Vettel had a torrid first session, with the reigning champion only completing 4 laps before his Red Bull broke down with a suspected electrical problem. The team later went on to announce that they would not take part in the 2nd practice session so that they could concentrate on trying to get the car fixed.

Giedo van der Garde made an appearance in FP1 for Sauber and had a scary moment at turn 1 when his brakes failed. He narrowly missed the barriers at turn 1 and managed to recover the car to the pits.

Practice 1 results:

POSDriverTeamTime
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’27.023
2Jenson ButtonMcLaren1’27.891
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1’27.973
4Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’28.128
5Nico RosbergMercedes1’28.168
6Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’28.337
7Kevin MagnussnMcLaren1’28.423
8Pastor MaldonadoLotus1’28.744
9Sergio PerezForce India1’28.779
10Felipe MassaWilliams1’28.791
11Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1’28.792
12Nico HulkenburgForce India1’28.828
13Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso1’28.859
14Felipe NasrWilliams1’29.272
15Adrian SutilSauber1’29.688
16Jules BianchiMarussia1’29.820
17Romain GrosjeanLotus1’29.944
18Giedo van der GardeSauber1’30.440
19Max ChiltonMarussia1’30.748
20Sebastian VettelRed Bull1’30.942
21Kamui KobayashiCaterham1’30.997
22Marcus EricssonCaterham1’31.421

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Lewis Hamilton continued to dominate practice by once again setting the fastest time. Team-mate Nico Rosberg had taken the top spot, but only for less than a minute before Hamilton set a time that was 4 tenths faster.

Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso remained in 3rd and 4th place, with Ricciardo the only driver that was under a second slower than Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen was 5th fastest and was just over a tenth slower than his team-mate in 3rd.

Kevin Magnussen was 6th fastest, but was still 2 seconds slower than Hamilton in P1. Magnussen was a few thousandths quicker than team-mate Button in 7th and Felipe Massa in 8th for Williams. Maldonado had another strong practice and was 9th fastest ahead of Kvyat; who once again completed the top 10.

Jean-Eric Vergne and Max Chilton hit problems in the final minutes of the session, with Vergne losing a wheel at turn 2 and Chilton beaching himself in the gravel at turn 4 after locking up. Vergne’s runaway wheel cost the Frenchman dearly as the stewards handed him a 10 place penalty for the race on Sunday.

Practice 2 results:

POSDriverTeamTime
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’25.524
2Nico RosbergMercedes1’25.973
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1’26.509
4Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’27.121
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’27.296
6Kevin MagnussenMcLaren1’27.788
7Jenson ButtonMcLaren1’27.811
8Felipe MassaWilliams1’27.824
9Pastor MaldonadoLotus1’27.866
10Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1’28.049
11Nico HulkenburgForce India1’28.074
12Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso1’28.246
13Adrian SutilSauber1’28.284
14Valtteri BottasWilliams1’28.698
15Esteban GutierrezSauber1’29.105
16Sergio PerezForce India1’29.129
17Romain GrosjeanLotus1’29.493
18Jules BianchiMarussia1’29.991
19Max ChiltonMarussia1’31.148
20Kamui KobayashiCaterham1’31.338
21Marcus EricssonCaterham1’31.586
22Sebastian VettelRed BullNo time
By Jordan Groves
Formula 1 correspondent for RTR Sports Marketing
Follow Jordan on twitter at www.twitter.com/jgroves1996

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