Hamilton moves ahead in second practice

Hamilton moves ahead in second practice

18 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton moved ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during Friday afternoon's second practice session for the German Grand Prix, delivering a 1:18.341 on Pirelli's Super Soft tyre to hold a slender advantage of 0.024 seconds. Daniel Ricciardo finished third fastest for Red Bull.

Amid sweltering temperatures – air peaking at 33°C and track at 58°C – the championship rivals continued where they had left off in the opening session, swapping places at the front on numerous occasions.

Rosberg initially held the top spot after the Soft tyre runs, but Hamilton jumped clear when the switch to the Super Soft rubber arrived.

The final Friday practice gap stood at two hundredths, less than half the difference in the opening session.

Ricciardo was this time the best of the rest, only a tenth down on pace-setter Hamilton and almost a second ahead of Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who looked unhappy with his car's balance throughout.

Kimi Räikkönen, who suffered no further gremlins, was next up for Ferrari, with McLaren drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button sandwiching Williams' Felipe Massa in positions five to seven.

The aforementioned Vettel, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who was third in FP1, and the second Williams of Valtteri Bottas – back behind the wheel after Susie Wolff's morning appearance – rounded out the top 10 places.

Sauber's Adrian Sutil ended an encouraging first day in 11th position, just in front of the Toro Rosso and Force India pairings – Sergio Pérez and Nico Hülkenberg placing between Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Éric Vergne.

Lotus again featured towards the bottom of the times as their drivers – two seconds adrift of the pace-setting Mercedes duo – struggled with the adaptation to a car without front-and-rear-interconnected suspension.

Esteban Gutiérrez, who was another driver to miss out on the first session, began his weekend in 18th.

At the very back of the field, Jules Bianchi put Marussia over half a second ahead of Caterham, whose drivers endured a challenging afternoon; rookie Marcus Ericsson lost a chunk of track time after grounding to a halt early on, while Kamui Kobayashi's afternoon came to a dramatic end when his car caught fire half an hour in.

Saturday's third and final practice session at Hockenheim begins at 11am local time (GMT +2)

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