F1 »

F1 Belgian Grand Prix: Hamilton 0.6s clear as red flags hit FP2

Lewis Hamilton comfortably set the fastest time of FP2 for the Belgian Grand Prix in a session hit by two red flags
FP2 times HERE

Lewis Hamilton comfortably set the fastest time of FP2 for the Belgian Grand Prix in a session hit by two red flags.

Hamilton's time of 1:49.189 put him over 0.6s clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg on the soft compound tyre, with Fernando Alonso again a close third as he had been in the morning session. However, the afternoon's running was twice halted by red flags; once for a crash for Pastor Maldonado and another when Esteban Gutierrez spun.

Maldonado's crash was the most surprising as he drifted on to the grass on the run down to Pouhon and didn't appear to be in any hurry to return to the track when he lost control and spun to hit the wall on the inside of the circuit, with no technical problem immediately obvious. The heavily damaged car came to rest at the entry to Pouhon and ruled him out of the rest of the session after just two laps.

For Gutierrez it was a high-speed spin at Blanchimont which ended his running, with Sauber saying a technical problem caused the incident which also left the car stranded to bring out the red flags for a second time.

Both drivers got more track time than Sebastian Vettel, however, with his Red Bull requiring a power unit change which ruled him out of the entire session having only completed 11 laps in FP1.

Rosberg and Alonso were the only drivers with a second of Hamilton – with part of the gap to Rosberg explained by the championship leader running wide at Les Combes. Fourth quickest was Felipe Massa for Williams but he was 1.1s off the pace.

Jenson Button was again near the top of the times as he finished the session fifth fastest ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo himself only completed 16 laps as Red Bull had trouble on both sides of the garage.

After confusion over his race seat, Max Chilton returned to drive his Marussia in FP2 after Alexander Rossi had been in the car in the first session. Rossi was set to complete the full race weekend before Chilton was drafted back in, with the Briton finishing the session 1.3s slower than team-mate Jules Bianchi.

At Caterham, Andre Lotterer completed an encouraging opening day of practice by completing 24 laps and finishing just 0.043s slower than team-mate Marcus Ericsson, who in turn was only 0.010s slower than Chilton as Caterham ran an updated aerodynamic package.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
22.08.2014- Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Press conference, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Press conference, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Press conference, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 leads Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


SeymoreRacing

August 22, 2014 8:34 PM

dave2k:
SeymoreRacing: I think this could be the seminal race in the season.
Seminal: relating to or denoting semen. I hope this isn't a seminal race.
Thanks for that interpretation and I agree that wouldn't be a happy ending! I was however referring to one of the other definitions of a seminal event - Highly original and influencing the development of future events. A seminal moment is that brief lapse of time in which something happens that is potentially life changing, or changes the course of things. It is that instant when the seed is planted to develop into something bigger.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.