Hamilton Back On Top For Mercedes

Photo (c) Mercedes AMG F1 Team

Photo (c) Mercedes AMG F1 Team

Fernando Alonso’s time at the top was short-lived as Lewis Hamilton retook Mercedes’ stronghold over the grid during FP2. Alonso had taken the quickest time in FP1 as Hamilton uncharacteristically occupied eighth place, but order was restored as title favourite Hamilton returned to the top of the order. But although Hamilton took the quickest time, he complained that there was something wrong with the car all day and returned to his garage early, suggesting that there is more to come from the Briton.

Alonso being quick in the opening practice session and then far down the order as the weekend progresses is very much the norm nowadays, but Alonso finished second today – a good result to beat a Mercedes. The other Silver Arrows driver was third, four tenths behind the Prancing Horse. The Red Bull duo of  Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel were right up Rosberg’s gearbox at the end of the session, while Felipe Massa in sixth led Kimi Raikkonen who took over from the Brazilian at Ferrari. Jenson Button was seventh for McLaren ahead of Lotus’ Romain Grosjean and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, who rounded out the top ten.

Nico Hulkenberg was eleventh ahead of Kevin Magnussen, the two young talents separated by as little as 0.008s. Jean-Eric Vergne finished the session in thirteenth while Valtteri Bottas took fourteenth and Sergio Perez took fifteenth. The Sauber duo of Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil were sixteenth and seventeenth, ahead of Pastor Maldonado who, for the second session in a row, provided the talking point after a bizarre incident. Whereas in FP1 he had driven into the gravel while looking at his wheel, in the afternoon session he was driving into the pit lane when he went wide and hit the barrier, buckling the front of his Lotus. The Venezuelan is not doing himself any favours after the international criticism he received for his crash with Esteban Gutierrez during the last race.

Jules Bianchi was the best of the back-markers for Marussia, who retook thirteenth in the Constructors’ Championship when Chilton finished thirteenth in Bahrain, ahead of his team-mate and the Caterham duo of Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson.

FP2 Results:

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Fernando Alonso
  3. Nico Rosberg
  4. Daniel Ricciardo
  5. Sebastian Vettel
  6. Felipe Massa
  7. Kimi Raikkonen
  8. Jenson Button
  9. Romain Grosjean
  10. Daniil Kvyat
  11. Nico Hulkenberg
  12. Kevin Magnussen
  13. Jean-Eric Vergne
  14. Valtteri Bottas
  15. Sergio Perez
  16. Esteban Gutierrez
  17. Adrian Sutil
  18. Pastor Maldonado
  19. Jules Bianchi
  20. Max Chilton
  21. Kamui Kobayashi
  22. Marcus Ericsson.
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