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Hamilton tops timesheets in FP1

The Briton topped the time sheets in FP1 closely followed by former teammate Jenson Button.
Friday, May 9, 2014

BARCELONA, 9th May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Lewis Hamilton continued his domination by topping the timesheets in Barcelona from Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo.

Former teammate Button was topping the timesheets but with five minutes to go Hamilton went fastest. The Mercedes driver managed to improve upon his own time setting a 1:27.023 mere seconds before the chequered flag.

Things were not so great on the other side of the Mercedes garage with Nico Rosberg missing most of the session with a suspected ERS cooling issue.

Fellow countryman Sebastian Vettel also missed most of the session after an electrical failure brought him to a halt at Turn 6.

There was plenty of flo-viz paint to be seen on the Ferrari’s during the first part of the session and the team elected to change Fernando Alonso’s nose and front wing towards the end of FP1.

Alonso finished fourth, just in front of Rosberg with teammate Kimi Raikkonen a couple of tenths down the road in sixth.

Kevin Magnussen wasn’t able to match Button’s pace and finished seventh closely followed by Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez, who’s left wing mirror came loose in the early stages of the session.

Felipe Massa finished 10th, while Williams reserve driver Felipe Nasr managed 14th ahead of Adrian Sutil.

Daniil Kvyat was the first man to set a timed lap and went on to finish 11th, followed by Nico Hulkenberg and teammate Jean-Eric Vergne, who was over a second slower than Kvyat.

Sauber’s reserve driver Giedo van der Garde replaced Esteban Gutierrez for the session and had a scary moment when his brakes failed. The Dutchman ran into the gravel heading into T2 and impressively managed to miss the barriers.

Jules Bianchi was running the aero updates for Marussia so they could do a side by side comparison to teammate Max Chilton who finished 19th.

Sebastian Vettel, Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson brought up the rear finishing 20th, 21st and 22nd respectively.

The times for the session:

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.023 17
2 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.891 0.868 26
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.973 0.950 21
4 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:28.128 1.105 23
5 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:28.168 1.145 9
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:28.337 1.314 19
7 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.423 1.400 27
8 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:28.744 1.721 34
9 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:28.779 1.756 18
10 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:28.791 1.768 13
11 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:28.792 1.769 24
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:28.828 1.805 17
13 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:28.859 1.836 24
14 40 Felipe Nasr Williams-Mercedes 1:29.272 2.249 15
15 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.688 2.665 16
16 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:29.820 2.797 22
17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:29.944 2.921 21
18 36 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.440 3.417 22
19 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:30.748 3.725 19
20 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:30.942 3.919 4
21 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:30.997 3.974 22
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:31.421 4.398 22

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