Australian Grand Prix 2014: Lewis Hamilton impresses in practice
Australian Grand Prix 2014: Lewis Hamilton sets pace in second practice session to underline status as title favourite
Lewis Hamilton led Nico Rosberg to a Mercedes one-two in second practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
With a time of 1:29.625, Hamilton was 0.157s faster than team-mate Rosberg and half a second ahead of Ferarri’s Fernando Alonso, who had set the pace in the first practice session.
Hamilton, the favourite to win this year’s driver’s title, missed the whole first session when his car stopped with an oil sensor calibration problem on his first lap.
“I went out a lot later than when the others did their option [tyre] running so the track would be faster,” said Hamilton. “It didn’t feel like a particularly good lap. I still have a lot to improve on, a lot to find.
“P2 was good but it doesn’t make any difference whether you’re at the top of the time sheets in practice. The big thing was to just feel the car. Missing P1 was a big backwards step but I felt we recovered most of it.”
Red Bull’s defending world champion Sebastian Vettel was fourth-quickest with a time of 1:30.381.
Jenson Button was fifth fastest for McLaren, while Daniel Ricciardo in sixth was the only other driver to set a time within a second of Hamilton.
Australian Grand Prix 2014: Second practice
1. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 29.625s
2. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 29.782s
3. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 30.132s
4. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 30.381s
5. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 30.510s
6. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 30.538s
7. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 30.898s
8. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes 1m 30.920s
9. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes 1m 31.031s
10. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 31.054s
11. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 31.060s
12. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes 1m 31.119s
13. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes 1m 31.283s
14. Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari 1m 32.355s
15. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 32.468s
16. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 32.495s
17. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari 1m 33.489s
18. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1m 33.646s
19. Max Chilton Briton Marussia-Ferrari 1m 34.757s
20. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault no time
21. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Caterham-Renault no time
21. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault no time