Hamilton moves ahead in second practice

Hamilton moves ahead in second practice

22 August 2014 – Lewis Hamilton moved to the fore during second practice for the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday afternoon. The Briton lapped six tenths faster than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg on Pirelli's Soft tyre compound, while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso again finished third.

After the early phase of Medium tyre runs, interrupted by two red flags, Hamilton set a 1:49.189 when the switch to the softer rubber arrived.

His attempt proved to be considerably faster than Rosberg, whose own best effort was tarnished by a wild moment coming out of Turn 7.

Fernando Alonso was just over a tenth further back at the wheel of his F14 T and the last of the drivers to break into the 1m49s bracket.

Both Williams machines featured high up the order at the end of the opening day in the Ardennes, with Felipe Massa fourth and Valtteri Bottas sixth – the pair were separated by lead McLaren driver Jenson Button.

Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat followed in seventh position, a couple of tenths quicker than Daniel Ricciardo, who was the sole Red Bull driver in action after team-mate Sebastian Vettel failed to leave his garage.

Vettel was forced out of the session after the exhaust problem he suffered in morning practice damaged the internals of his RB10, requiring an investigation and changes that could not be completed in time.

McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen and Force India's Nico Hülkenberg rounded out the top 10 runners.

Kimi Räikkönen ended the day a lowly 16th, failing to deliver a representative lap time on the Soft tyre after suffering a misfire and complaining of poor rear-end grip when he eventually headed back out for longer runs.

Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne, Sauber's Adrian Sutil, Force India's Sergio Pérez – whose best time came on Mediums – and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean occupied the positions between Hülkenberg and Räikkönen.

Jules Bianchi put his Marussia ahead of Sauber driver Esteban Gutiérrez after the Mexican brought out the second of the red flags for spinning at Blanchimont, an incident he quickly attributed to a gearbox problem.

Despite being more than a second slower than team-mate Bianchi, Max Chilton – back in action after the early weekend confusion over his seat – was still able to outpace Caterham's Marcus Ericsson and André Lotterer.

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado – who sparked the first red flag period when he hit the barriers after clumsily running over the grass at the exit of Turn 9 – and the aforementioned Vettel brought up the rear.

Saturday's final practice session at Spa gets underway at 11:00 local time (GMT +2)

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