Hamilton on top as Mercedes dominates FP2
9 May 2014 – Lewis Hamilton remained in charge as his Mercedes team laid down a marker during second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. The former World Champion posted a 1:25.524 on Pirelli's Medium compound tyres to lead team-mate Nico Rosberg by four tenths and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo by almost a second.
In sweltering Barcelona heat, the Silver Arrows continued from where they left off in the morning's opening session, controlling the pace as the field worked through their early Hard rubber runs.
When the switch to the Option step arrived, Hamilton surged clear with his mid 1m25s effort, pulling further ahead of Rosberg and his trailing rivals.
Ricciardo was again best of the rest for Red Bull, the Australian salvaging a positive result from a session that team-mate and reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel was unable to contest due to wiring loom damage.
Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen – more closely matched so far this weekend – followed in fourth and fifth positions respectively, ahead of McLaren team-mates Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button.
Felipe Massa placed eighth, while Pastor Maldonado and Daniil Kvyat completed the top ten positions.
Force India experienced a quiet day, with Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez 11th and 16th.
Jean-Éric Vergne, who suffered the most dramatic moment of the session when his right-rear wheel came off, Adrian Sutil, Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutiérrez separated the pair – the latter two having missed FP1.
Romain Grosjean was three tenths further back, ending his session slightly early due to brake issues.
At the back, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton – the Briton suffering persistent engine issues and ending his session in the gravel – put their Marussias in front of Caterham rivals Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson.
Saturday's final free practice session in Barcelona gets underway at 11am local time (GMT +2)