Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2014

Hamilton pips Rosberg – then hits trouble

2014 United States Grand Prix second practice

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2014Lewis Hamilton narrowly edged team mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg in second practice – but was then sidelined with a technical problem.

Rosberg initially set the pace when the pair did their performance runs on the soft compound tyre, beating Hamilton by 0.053 seconds. But unlike his team mate Hamilton chose to do another lap, and despite being advised the tyres would drop off by two-tenths of a second, he found a small improvement to pip Rosberg by three thousandths of a second.

Hamilton’s session came to an early end, however. Shortly after reporting a problem with an upshift he was called into the pits for attention to his car.

Rosberg also said he had a problem with a gear change during the session, but his car kept running.

The two Mercedes asserted their usual performance margin over the rest, with Fernando Alonso over a second off Hamilton’s pace in third.

Daniel Ricciardo had a more productive outing in the Red Bull and ended up fourth-quickest. Sebastian Vettel, however, was the slowest of the 18 runners after spending half an hour in the pits at the beginning of the session.

Both the Lotus drivers continued to struggle – first Romain Grosjean and then Pastor Maldonado had spins during the session. Grosjean also experienced trouble with his MGU-K.

As in the first practice session, a test of the new Virtual Safety Car was conducted at the end.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’39.085 18
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’39.088 0.003 34
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’40.189 1.104 29
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’40.390 1.305 30
5 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’40.457 1.372 36
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’40.543 1.458 32
7 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’40.631 1.546 34
8 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.641 1.556 38
9 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.698 1.613 36
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’40.800 1.715 25
11 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’40.828 1.743 37
12 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’41.054 1.969 31
13 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’41.110 2.025 36
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’41.123 2.038 35
15 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’41.158 2.073 37
16 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.332 2.247 33
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.420 2.335 34
18 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’43.980 4.895 19

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17 comments on “Hamilton pips Rosberg – then hits trouble”

  1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
    31st October 2014, 20:36

    Is’nt that usual? (Hamilton getting 1st on practice and stalling then) Maybe Hamilton sees how to reach the edge , so he controls that during the actual race.

  2. Well, hopefully, he hits trouble on the race day too.

    1. No, I hope not. I want to see a fair fight between Lewis and Nico on Saturday and Sunday. I don’t want any mechanical failures from Lewis and Nico for the rest of the season.

    2. It’s right to fear Lewis in a reliable car :)

  3. Unlucky for Lewis, but the mechanics have plenty of time to fix his car for tomorrow.

  4. Two very good drivers in like cars. It would be a shame if mechanical issues dictated the championship

    1. Or stupid double points.

    2. @f1aroo Or if a driver taking out the other one decided the championship.

      Oh wait…

      1. That’s a great point. The suggestion that only double points orechanical failures in the last race can artificially affect the championship is wrong. You have to consider the whole season.

      2. or doing a professional fowl in qualifying….oh,hang on!

        1. did i just spell foul like that..

        2. LOL A big +1 for both of you!

    3. Mechanical issues already had a major influence on the championship. Hamilton could be 70 points ahead already if both had had perfect reliability. Instead he’s only 17 ahead now.

  5. Paddy said that Lewis’ car had three separate, unrelated problems. A hydraulic fluid leak, I guess the gearshift and one he didn’t say what it was.

  6. This is going to be a total walkover. Merc’s advantage this weekend is as big as it was in Barcelona and Silverstone.

  7. I cant help but chuckle when one driver ‘pips’ another – in French slang a ‘pipe’ (sounds like pip) is ummm a certain kind of activity involving ummm, well you know the joke about whats better than one rose on a piano?

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