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Spanish F1 Grand Prix: Hamilton on top again as Vettel sits out

Lewis Hamilton put down a marker for the Spanish Grand Prix weekend as he beat team-mate Nico Rosberg by almost 0.5s
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Lewis Hamilton put down a marker for the Spanish Grand Prix weekend as he beat team-mate Nico Rosberg by almost half a second in FP2.

Having been quickest in the first session, Hamilton maintained his position at the top of the timing screens with a best lap of 1:25.524, beating Rosberg by 0.449s and being comfortably quicker than his team-mate during the long runs as well.

Sebastian Vettel was forced to sit out the session as a wiring loom issue which stopped him in FP1 proved too difficult to fix in time for further running, leaving Red Bull with just Daniel Ricciardo on track. Ricciardo set the third fastest time but was almost a second off Hamilton's pace and similarly adrift on high fuel.

Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest for Ferrari, setting a best time of 1:27.121 which left him over 1.5s off the pace. Alonso was less than 0.2s clear of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen as both Ferraris finished the session in the top five, and half a second clear of the two McLarens.

Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top ten with Maldonado enjoying a very productive afternoon as he completed 42 laps. However, team-mate Romain Grosjean's session was less smooth.

Grosjean had issues during the session, complaining of an engine problem over the radio, adding: “It seems to be the same issue as this morning." At one stage, Lotus had to fetch Grosjean's car from the end of the pit lane after he was instructed to stop before joining the track. Having returned to the track later in the session, Grosjean was told he needed to stop due to brake issues which made it unsafe to continue.

There was a late yellow flag when Jean-Eric Vergne emerged from the pit lane in the Toro Rosso and promptly lost his right rear wheel, forcing him to stop the car at Turn 2.

Following the chequered flag, Max Chilton took too much speed in to Turn 4, locking up and running wide in to the gravel. However, he managed to stop the car before reaching the barrier and avoided any serious damage.



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dale

May 09, 2014 2:44 PM

Lewis banging out the 1.30/1.31 for fun on the long runs, truly wow factor. I just cant see anyone touching him this weekend . Nico nearly half a second behind. We are seeing the very best car and the best racer in perfect harmony.

Slickmagic

May 09, 2014 7:24 PM

Lewis was still beating Vettel to pole even in a second rate car. The fast car is a bonus. The good thing is that even without a great car Lewis is still rated as one of the best racers. Can't say that about Vettel seeing how he is struggling this year. So, don't be fooled by the haters trying to think it is all about the car. Hamilton is an f1 driving genius. Get over it...



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