Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom, 2014

Hamilton spins off after setting fastest time

2014 Russian Grand Prix third practice

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom, 2014Lewis Hamilton headed the times in final practice at Sochi Autodrom despite spinning off towards the end of the session.

The Mercedes driver lost control of his car under braking for the penultimate corner and spun off. The W05 didn’t hit anything, and Hamilton was able to drive back into the pits.

Nico Rosberg closed within three tenths of a second of his team mate’s time with his final flying lap of the session, which moved him narrowly ahead of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.

Daniel Ricciardo was fourth-fastest ahead of the second Williams of Felipe Massa. Sebastian Vettel was only tenth in the other Red Bull after running wide several times in the session, including at turn two, where new kerbs had been added overnight.

McLaren endured a difficult session. Kevin Magnussen came to a stop on his fourth lap after a lurid moment at turn three. That brought the red flags out so his car could be recovered from turn five.

The team later told Jenson Button they had identified the cause of Magnussen’s stoppage, but he was having problems of his own, describing the MP4-29’s balance as “awful” on the radio.

Pastor Maldonado was unable to set a time after a failure on his car’s ERS, which left him having to carefully climb from his car to avoid getting an electric shock.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’38.72815
26Nico RosbergMercedes1’39.0160.28825
377Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’39.0980.37020
43Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault1’39.7551.02716
519Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’39.9541.22622
626Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault1’40.0091.28127
77Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’40.0111.28320
814Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’40.1511.42315
925Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Renault1’40.2051.47726
101Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’40.3381.61021
1122Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’40.3551.62719
1227Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’40.6691.94123
1311Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’40.6991.97126
1499Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1’41.1462.41821
1521Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’41.5202.79220
168Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’41.9153.18722
1720Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1’42.4363.7084
189Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1’43.1094.38111
1910Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1’43.9755.24712
204Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1’44.7376.0099
2113Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault2

Combined practice times

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’42.3761’39.6301’38.728-0.90267
2Nico RosbergMercedes1’42.3111’40.5421’39.016-1.52684
3Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’43.5421’40.5731’39.098-1.47562
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault1’43.8211’42.0611’39.755-2.30666
5Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’43.7411’40.7311’39.954-0.77774
6Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault1’43.1641’41.1081’40.009-1.09988
7Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’43.2121’41.6301’40.011-1.61967
8Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’42.7201’40.5041’40.151-0.35374
9Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Renault1’43.3271’41.5311’40.205-1.32683
10Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’44.5061’41.3961’40.338-1.05881
11Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’42.5071’40.7181’40.355-0.36379
12Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1’43.0261’40.4941’42.436+1.94264
13Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’43.9761’41.6771’40.669-1.00871
14Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’43.1291’42.0901’40.699-1.39181
15Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1’44.6251’42.2331’41.146-1.08778
16Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’43.0551’41.520-1.53553
17Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’45.1901’42.8921’41.915-0.97777
18Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1’44.8761’42.90561
19Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1’46.9221’44.1351’43.109-1.02651
20Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1’44.9521’43.975-0.97739
21Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1’47.2841’44.5301’44.737+0.20764
22Sergey SirotkinSauber-Ferrari1’45.03222
23Roberto MerhiCaterham-Renault1’46.78218

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12 comments on “Hamilton spins off after setting fastest time”

  1. Hamilton looks fast, but Rosberg doesn’t look good this weekend. I hope that doesn’t spoil the race. I want to see a battle!

      1. Would love to see a proper 44 vs. 6 on track battle.

        1. But i assume you have sen that several times this season…no?

  2. Williams seems to be doing well.

  3. I hope Williams make another big step over the winter so that they can compete with Mercedes works team. Of course, they are customers, so they might not be getting the best out of the engines, but it’d be refreshing to see not only manufacturer teams fighting for the lead.

    1. Well then the rumours that Williams are interested in the Honda engines would almost certainly come to fruition! (assuming they’re competitive of course)

  4. What the hell is that thing on Vijay Malya’s head? I saw it a few weeks ago, but didn’t get a good look and maybe tried to block it out.

  5. Did anyone see Lewis driving with Nico’s number (No.6) on his car on his fastest lap? This is not the first time i have seen this. What is that about?? Does Merc let the drivers drive with each other’s number; or each others car? Or am i missing something.

    1. You sure it wasn’t the Petronas ‘P’ logo that were seeing?

    2. As Mark said, it was probably the Petronas logo. Best way to tell the difference is to look at the helmets, or the camera T-bar.

  6. Is there any video about this case?

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