2014 Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix - Second free practice

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Welcome to live coverage of second practice for the Austrian Grand Prix
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It remains overcast at the Red Bull Ring, although no more rain is falling
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Nico Rosberg set the pace this morning, posting a low 1m11s effort
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Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton was second, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso third
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Now the drivers have another 90 minutes to make further adjustments
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Super Soft (Red) and Soft (Yellow) tyres to Austria
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In terms of DRS, the FIA has opted to place two zones on the circuit
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The first area comes along the main straight, with a second following between the Remus and Schlossgold corners
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Air and track temperatures are sitting at 18°C and 28°C respectively
12:01
The green light comes on and second practice begins!
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Ericsson is the first driver out in his Caterham
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He will be hoping for a much smoother session, after stopping in FP1
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Cars gradually leaving the pits for early runs
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Ericsson heads straight onto a flying lap
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It's a 1:18.198 from Ericsson, to kick things off
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Sutil is also out early, having suffered a turbo hose failure this morning
12:07
Grosjean moves to the front with a 1:13.131
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Chilton is second, from Sutil and the two Caterhams
12:08
Button jumps clear, lapping in 1:11.914
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Kvyat now fastest on 1:11.749
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Toro Rosso team-mate Vergne is sixth, although the Frenchman is under investigation for using Pirelli's extra set of Soft tyres after the 30-minute window in FP1
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Button improves to retake the top spot
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We're already very close to Rosberg's pace-setting time in first practice
12:11
Raikkonen up to second for Ferrari
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Replays show Ericsson locking up and running wide at Turn 2
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Sutil also has an off-track excursion, under braking for the first corner
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Alonso is told that there is now a tail wind at Turns 3 and 8, in contrast to the first session
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Alonso goes quickest, clocking a 1:11.217
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Rosberg slots into second, six hundredths down on Alonso
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Hamilton runs wide at Turn 8, as plenty of drivers have done today
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That damages his opening effort, which puts him ninth
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Just the Red Bull of Ricciardo yet to appear
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Moments after we say that, his car is fired up and he leaves the pit lane
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Rosberg breaks into the 1m10s, returning him to the top of the timesheets
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Hamilton and Alonso join him in the same bracket
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Hamilton surges clear with a 1:10.525
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Hamilton finds six hundredths of a second on his next lap
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Bottas splits the Mercedes drivers
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Ricciardo jumps up to sixth, as his first run continues
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All 22 drivers now have a time on the board
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Rosberg improves his time and is now just 0.039s adrift of Hamilton
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Plenty of work being carried out at the front of Hulkenberg's car
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Replays show Hulkenberg cutting across the white line when diving into the pits
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Ricciardo was investigated for a similar incident in FP1, but escaped a penalty
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The Marussia drivers and Caterham's Kobayashi have switched to Super Softs
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Replays show Kvyat putting a wheel on the grass at the final corner and sliding wide
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Grosjean reports that his car "doesn't feel right"
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His engineer reminds him that he is lapping on scrubbed tyres
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The Frenchman brings his car back to the pits
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Plenty of frontrunners putting on the Super Softs now
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Rosberg edges ahead of Hamilton on the Option rubber
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But Hamilton responds moments later, posting a 1:09.652
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Hamilton is the first driver to break the 1m10s barrier this weekend
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Rosberg goes fastest of all through the first sector
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Rosberg improves his time, but is still 0.377 seconds back on Hamilton
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Replays show Grosjean running onto the grass at the final corner
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Lotus team-mate Maldonado then locks up and runs wide at Turn 1
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No more improvements coming on the Super Softs
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We should see drivers switching their focus to longer runs now
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For reference, we saw an improvement of around six tenths between compounds
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Almost a second separates pace-setter Hamilton and third-placed Alonso
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But it is much closer behind, with a similar gap covering Alonso to 14th-placed Gutierrez
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Spots of rain are now falling around the circuit
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Button reports that he has the same issue as he did in Canada
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Rosberg is reminded about fuel saving over the radio
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The drivers will be hoping that the rain stays away in this crucial data-gathering stage
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Hamilton reports a lack of power on his latest run
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Hamilton is told to pit for the Soft tyre, with Mercedes concerned about the weather
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The Briton responds to the call and brings his car back in
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Some more rain falling as we enter the final 15 minutes of the session
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Raikkonen and Vergne are caught out at Turn 8
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Both men continue without major drama
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All drivers bar Kobayashi are lapping
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The Japanese driver has an issue with his Caterham pulling right under braking
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Rosberg is told that a slower entry to Turn 1 will lead to a quicker exit
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Alonso told that his pace is still competitive
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He has been lapping predominantly in the 1m14s on a longer Soft tyre run
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Hamilton appears to have finished for the day, as he steps out of his car
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Raikkonen runs wildly onto the grass at the final corner
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He manages to keep his car facing in the right direction
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The chequered flag comes out, bringing FP2 to an end
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Hamilton remains on top, 0.377s ahead of Mercedes team-mate Rosberg
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Alonso again finishes third, albeit nine tenths down on Hamilton
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Stay tuned to the website for a full session report plus the latest news and photos
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We will be back for final practice at 11am local time (GMT +2) on Saturday!