2014 AUSTRIAN GP: LEWIS HAMILTON FASTEST ON FRIDAY PRACTICES

Located in the Styrian mountains, the teams got a taste of the changeable weather that characterises the Red Bull Ring, with intermittent rain throughout the day. The second free practice session was dry, enabling Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton to set a fastest time of 1m09.542.

The Red Bull Ring is short and generally low-speed, meaning that not a huge amount of energy is put through the tyres over one lap. As a result, the supersoft – which is so far around 0.6 seconds faster than the soft – could also be a strong race tyre, as well as providing extra speed in qualifying.

Two pit stops are expected for the race, subject to data analysis, as there is no relevant historical data to fall back on. Warmer weather is anticipated for the rest of the weekend, although the possibility of localised rain remains.
FIRST FREE PRACTICE
DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG 1:11.295 19
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1:11.435 + 0.140 32
3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:11.606 + 0.311 23
4. Felipe Massa Williams 1:11.756 + 0.461 27
5. Jenson Button McLaren 1:11.839 + 0.544 33
6. Sergio Perez Force India 1:12.009 + 0.714 33
7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:12.072 + 0.777 20
8. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:12.114 + 0.819 21
9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:12.312 + 1.018 36
10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:12.364 + 1.069 30
11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:12.365 + 1.070 21
12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:12.372 + 1.077 35
13. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:12.570 + 1.275 28
14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:12.984 + 1.689 19
15. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:12.988 + 1.693 25
16. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:13.168 + 1.873 28
17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:13.642 + 2.347 27
18. Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:13.738 + 2.443 26
19. Max Chilton Marussia 1:13.857 + 2.562 28
20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:14.611 + 3.316 24
21. Adrian Sutil Sauber 1:14.691 + 3.396 9
22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1:17.501 + 6.206 8

SECOND FREE PRACTICE
DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1:09.542 37
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG 1:09.919 + 0.377 50
3.Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:10.470 + 0.928 40
4. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:10.519 + 0.977 44
5. Felipe Massa Williams 1:10.521 + 0.979 39
6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:10.807 + 1.265 39
7. Jenson Button McLaren 1:10.812 + 1.271 44
8. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:10.920 + 1.378 36
9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:10.936 + 1.394 45
10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:10.972 + 1.430 39
11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:10.974 + 1.432 45
12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:11.261 + 1.719 45
13. Sergio Perez Force India 1:11.296 + 1.754 36
14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:11.491 + 1.949 42
15. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:11.765 + 2.223 30
16. Adrian Sutil Sauber 1:11.806 + 2.264 42
17. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:11.935 + 2.393 39
18. Max Chilton Marussia 1:12.229 + 2.687 43
19. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:12.262 + 2.720 46
20. Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:12.279 + 2.737 36
21. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:12.937 + 3.395 24
22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1:13.596 + 4.054 48