Nico Rosberg has ended the second practice session in front of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, while Ferrari continued their strong start to the weekend with Kimi Raikkonen in third.
Daniel Ricciardo improved on his FP1 times to finish fourth best, with the two Williams’ of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa finished in fifth and sixth place respectively.
The second practice session was interrupted three times by a red flag after cars were stopping on track, presumably due to the heat causing the engines trouble.
Just after 10 minutes into the session, Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso parked it on track with a suspected ERS problem, leaving the Frenchman with only twelve minutes of running this weekend.
He wasn’t the only driver to suffer from lack of running this weekend; Sergio Perez didn’t get the chance to step into his car after reserve driver Daniel Juncadella crashed in FP1. The damage was too great and the team were unable to repair the car in time for FP2.
The second red flag was brought out when Fernando Alonso’s engine seemed to blow up, leaving the Ferrari surrounded by a cloud of smoke before a fire emerged from the exhaust. Alonso was quick to get out of the car and get a fire extinguisher on to the F14T.
Shortly after the session was restarted after the Ferrari was cleared from the circuit, Esteban Gutierrez broke down on track just after pit exit which brought out the third red flag of the day with 10 minutes left to run.
This left teams with no time to run tyres to their full life and get an idea of how many laps they will last. It also saw drivers unable to complete their long run simulations ahead of the race on Sunday, so it will be a busy session come FP3 tomorrow.
Despite the issues with Vergne’s car, Toro Rosso finished the Friday practice session on a good note with Daniil Kvyat making another top 10 appearance in eighth position.
2014 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:12.123||36|
|2.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:12.336||+ 0.213||36|
|3.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:12.696||+ 0.573||32|
|4.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:12.956||+ 0.833||24|
|5.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:13.035||+ 0.912||31|
|6.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:13.099||+ 0.976||27|
|7.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:13.122||+ 0.999||20|
|8.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:13.254||+ 1.131||35|
|9.||Sebastian Vettel||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:13.333||+ 1.210||28|
|10.||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:13.479||+ 1.356||33|
|11.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:13.497||+ 1.374||33|
|12.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:13.714||+ 1.591||37|
|13.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:13.882||+ 1.759||32|
|14.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:13.902||+ 1.779||25|
|15.||Adrian Sutil||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:14.204||+ 2.081||36|
|16.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:14.209||+ 2.086||31|
|17.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:17.171||+ 5.048||5|
|18.||Sergio Pérez||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||no time||0|
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