BARCELONA, 9th May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Lewis Hamilton continued his domination by topping the timesheets in Barcelona from Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo.
Former teammate Button was topping the timesheets but with five minutes to go Hamilton went fastest. The Mercedes driver managed to improve upon his own time setting a 1:27.023 mere seconds before the chequered flag.
Things were not so great on the other side of the Mercedes garage with Nico Rosberg missing most of the session with a suspected ERS cooling issue.
Fellow countryman Sebastian Vettel also missed most of the session after an electrical failure brought him to a halt at Turn 6.
There was plenty of flo-viz paint to be seen on the Ferrari’s during the first part of the session and the team elected to change Fernando Alonso’s nose and front wing towards the end of FP1.
Alonso finished fourth, just in front of Rosberg with teammate Kimi Raikkonen a couple of tenths down the road in sixth.
Kevin Magnussen wasn’t able to match Button’s pace and finished seventh closely followed by Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez, who’s left wing mirror came loose in the early stages of the session.
Felipe Massa finished 10th, while Williams reserve driver Felipe Nasr managed 14th ahead of Adrian Sutil.
Daniil Kvyat was the first man to set a timed lap and went on to finish 11th, followed by Nico Hulkenberg and teammate Jean-Eric Vergne, who was over a second slower than Kvyat.
Sauber’s reserve driver Giedo van der Garde replaced Esteban Gutierrez for the session and had a scary moment when his brakes failed. The Dutchman ran into the gravel heading into T2 and impressively managed to miss the barriers.
Jules Bianchi was running the aero updates for Marussia so they could do a side by side comparison to teammate Max Chilton who finished 19th.
Sebastian Vettel, Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson brought up the rear finishing 20th, 21st and 22nd respectively.
The times for the session:
|3||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:27.973||0.950||21|
|9||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1:28.779||1.756||18|
|12||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:28.828||1.805||17|
|18||36||Giedo van der Garde||Sauber-Ferrari||1:30.440||3.417||22|
|20||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:30.942||3.919||4|