Lewis Hamilton has put in a stunner lap to finish the second practice session on top ahead of his main championship rival and team-mate Nico Rosberg.
It was a straight forward session for the Brackley outfit as both drivers were fastest in qualifying and race simulation.
Although Fernando Alonso did surprise many by finishing the session in third place, just over a tenth of a second off Rosberg’s fastest time. It’s not known how much fuel the F14T had on board, but it seems like Ferrari have definitely taken a step forward.
Red Bull had a poor session as both drivers’ encountered problems, where Sebastian Vettel’s unlucky 2014 season continued. He was forced to watch FP2 from the sidelines with a continued electrical issue he experienced in FP1.
Two red flags interrupted the practice session; the first coming after Pastor Maldonado crashed on the run to Pouhon on his first timed lap, this saw him sit out for the entire session.
The second red flag came when Esteban Gutierrez spun at Blanchimont with an hour left to run. A gearbox issue was found to be the cause of his spin, resulting in the Sauber stalling in an unsafe position on track.
The Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas had an improved session after their ordinary FP1 outing. Massa finished in fourth behind former team-mate Alonso, and Bottas was three tenths down in sixth place.
2014 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:49.189||26|
|2.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:49.793||+ 0.604||28|
|3.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:49.930||+ 0.741||19|
|4.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:50.327||+ 1.138||24|
|5.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:50.659||+ 1.470||31|
|6.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:50.677||+ 1.488||26|
|7.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:50.725||+ 1.536||25|
|8.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:50.977||+ 1.788||16|
|9.||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:51.074||+ 1.885||31|
|10.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:51.077||+ 1.888||26|
|11.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:51.383||+ 2.194||26|
|12.||Adrian Sutil||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:51.450||+ 2.261||29|
|13.||Sergio Pérez||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:51.573||+ 2.384||28|
|14.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:52.196||+ 3.007||25|
|15.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:52.234||+ 3.045||18|
|16.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:52.776||+ 3.587||23|
|17.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:53.955||+ 4.766||7|
|18.||Max Chilton||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:54.040||+ 4.851||18|
|19.||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:54.050||+ 4.861||30|
|20.||André Lotterer||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:54.093||+ 4.904||24|
|21.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||no time||2|
|22.||Sebastian Vettel||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||no time||0|
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