Hamilton moves ahead despite stoppage

Hamilton moves ahead despite stoppage

4 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton moved ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during second practice for the British Grand Prix, despite a late technical-related stoppage. The Briton delivered a 1:34.508 on the Medium tyres to finish just over two tenths clear, with Fernando Alonso and Ferrari again occupying third.

Hamilton, who trailed championship leader Rosberg in the morning session, controlled the initial Prime tyre phase in front of his home crowd.

And when the switch to the softer, Option rubber arrived, he pulled out an advantage of 0.228 seconds.

He could have lapped faster, having topped all three sectors, but those splits came on different laps.

There was a negative aspect to Hamilton's session, however, with the former World Champion's car, moments after leaving the pit lane for a race run, coming to a halt at The Loop with a third of the session remaining.

Although he finished third, Alonso was seven tenths of a second behind Hamilton's pace-setting Silver Arrow.

The Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo Sebastian Vettel followed in fourth and fifth places, separated by a tenth.

Valtteri Bottas was the fastest of the Williams drivers in sixth, although he was forced to sit out the final few minutes of the session after part of his engine cover flew off at full throttle along the Hangar Straight.

McLaren duo Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen followed, with Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen and Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne – lucky to avoid crashing when his left-front wheel detached itself – completing the top 10.

Massa was a tenth of a second outside of this group, as he set about recovering from his FP1 accident.

Both Force India drivers experienced low-key sessions, with Sergio Pérez 16th and Nico Hülkenberg 17th.

Jules Bianchi led the tail-end battle, placing his Marussia ahead of the Caterhams and team-mate Max Chilton.

Saturday morning's final practice session gets underway at 10am local time (GMT +1)

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