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F1 British Grand Prix: Hamilton quickest but hits trouble in FP2

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of FP2 for the British Grand Prix but failed to finish the session as his Mercedes stopped on track
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Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of FP2 for the British Grand Prix but failed to finish the session as his Mercedes stopped on track.

Having been beaten by team-mate Nico Rosberg in FP1, Hamilton hit back with the fastest time in the second session by setting a 1:34.508 on the medium tyre. However, with 30 minutes still to run his Mercedes ground to a halt at The Loop and the message over the radio was: “Engine killed, no shifting”.

Rosberg was second – 0.228s adrift of Hamilton – with Fernando Alonso once again third and the only car within a second of the two Mercedes as he was in the first session. The two Red Bulls also continued their strong form from the morning by finishing fourth and fifth with Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel respectively. However, Ricciardo spent a lot of time in the pits and completed just 11 laps.

Vatteri Bottas was one of the most productive drivers as he made up for time lost in FP1. Having given his car up to Susie Wolff for the first session, Bottas completed 33 laps and set the sixth fastest time ahead of Jenson Button, Kevin Magnussen and Kimi Raikkonen. However, Bottas' session ended in strange fashion as something under the left side of the engine cover appeared to explode as he came down the Hangar Straight, punching a large hole in the bodywork.

There was a late yellow flag as Jean-Eric Vergne – who was tenth fastest – had some form of failure with the wheel retainer on his front left, with the wheel coming loose as he took Turn 1, but fortunately remaining attached as Vergne was able to bring the car to a controlled stop.

Team-mate Daniil Kvyat had a big moment when he got on to the kerb at the exit of Stowe, fighting to prevent his Toro Rosso from swapping ends and impressively catching the car before it got away from him.

Marcus Ericsson again failed to complete the session as he pulled in to the old pit lane after saying that his “engine blew up” over the radio, with his Caterham suffering similar damage to that which hit Bottas. That early finish followed a spin at Becketts in FP1 from which he didn't rejoin.

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July 04, 2014 6:37 PM

@ crashnet, thanks for your response which I must say shows more respect to your posters than other sites I frequent, but why is it that we can have some posters on here who keep going on about Lewis's hair or lack of when the threads have nothing to do with it or some saying that Lewis wants to be a gangster rapper, surly this is trolling and should be edited as well, just a bit of consistency so people know what is expected and what is not.

George Zaidan

July 04, 2014 3:50 PM

ProfessorX: Nico gets a reprieve and Lewis' car breaks down, shocker.
Sure ProfessorX, the merc. pit crew has their own remote kill switch just for Lewis' car. Now, if push comes to shove watch them take over the steering wheel and drive Lewis off track.

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