Hamilton moves ahead in second practice

Hamilton moves ahead in second practice

20 June 2014 – Lewis Hamilton returned to the top of the timesheets during Friday afternoon's second practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver set a 1:09.542 on Pirelli's Super Soft tyre to lead team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg by almost four tenths of a second. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished third.

Hamilton, who finished second to Rosberg in the morning's opening session at the Red Bull Ring, quickly stated his intentions on the early Soft tyre runs, moving to the front with a mid 1m10s effort.

And when the switch to Super Softs arrived, he extended his advantage further, smashing the 1m10s barrier to finish 0.377s ahead of Rosberg.

Although he completed the top three positions, Alonso was almost a second down on pace-setter Hamilton.

But it was much closer behind, with Alonso to 14th-placed Esteban Gutiérrez covered by a similar margin.

Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, separated by just two thousandths of a second, finished fourth and fifth respectively, with reigning quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel placing his Red Bull sixth.

Jenson Button wound up seventh but complained over the radio that his McLaren felt the same as it had done during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, despite sizeable updates being brought to Spielberg.

Daniel Ricciardo, winner of the last race in Montreal, and rookie Kevin Magnussen were close behind their team-mates in eighth and ninth, while Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne rounded out the top 10 runners.

Kimi Räikkönen, the final driver to break into the 1m10s, could not improve on his FP1 result of 11th.

Lots of drivers made mistakes as they continued to adjust to the track, but there were no major incidents.

Saturday's final practice session at the Red Bull Ring gets underway at 10am local time (GMT +2)

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