Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2014

Mercedes lead the way as Williams suffer double blow

2014 British Grand Prix first practice

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2014Nico Rosberg headed the times in a disrupted first practice session at Silverstone which saw a high-speed accident for Felipe Massa.

The Williams driver ran wide at Stowe corner early in the session, lost control of his car on the run-off at the exit, and spun into the barrier on the inside. Massa was uninjured, but the session was stopped for over a quarter of an hour while the accident scene was cleared up.

This proved useful for Williams as their other car had already come to a stop and could now be recovered. Susie Wolff had only completed four laps when the oil pressure dropped in her Mercedes power unit, causing her to stop at Club corner. But although her car was brought back to the pits the team were unable to repair it in time for her to rejoin.

Wolff was one of two drivers participating in an official F1 session for the first time. The other, Force India’s Daniel Juncadella, had a largely problem-free run in Nico Hulkenberg’s car.

Marcus Ericsson spun off in the high-speed Becketts sequences and the yellow flags were out for several laps while his car was recovered. This came at an inconvenient time for Lewis Hamilton as he tried to beat his team mate’s mark.

The result was Rosberg ended the session quickest by over seven tenths of a second from Hamilton, who was just a tenth of a second ahead of Fernando Alonso. As usual Ferrari ran with a lower fuel load in the first session, as indicated by a radio message from Force India to Sergio Perez.

Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest for Red Bull despite suffering a gearbox problem. However Pastor Maldonado’s problems in the Lotus were more series – he failed even to set a time.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes1’35.42425
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’36.1550.73122
314Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’36.2630.83923
43Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault1’36.6231.19921
57Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’36.7061.28223
61Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’36.9211.49720
722Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’36.9631.53925
826Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault1’37.1751.75129
925Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Renault1’37.2271.80325
1020Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1’37.2311.80730
1111Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’37.7202.29622
128Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’37.9102.48621
1321Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’38.0562.63218
1434Daniel JuncadellaForce India-Mercedes1’38.0832.65923
1536Giedo van der GardeSauber-Ferrari1’38.3282.90419
1617Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1’38.9173.49312
1719Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’39.4614.0377
184Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1’39.8144.39024
199Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1’40.5975.17319
2046Robin FrijnsCaterham-Renault1’42.2616.83711
2141Susie WolffWilliams-Mercedes1’44.2128.7884
2213Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault

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27 comments on “Mercedes lead the way as Williams suffer double blow”

  1. Really feel bad for Susie Wolff

    1. DK (@seijakessen)
      4th July 2014, 14:06

      I don’t. I was ecstatic over it.

      Blatant PR stunt.

      She’s a hack driver with little to no real ability, and is only there because she is attractive-looking enough to garner eyeballs. Her efforts in the DTM were laughable, and she did nothing there.

      1. Interesting, I’d never looked up her race results before. Certainly doesn’t look like a stand-out driver, although I know nothing about DTM or how competitive her team was. Sounds like Danica 2.0, but I could be wrong. Talented or not, I would’ve liked to have seen how she got on in the car for more than a few laps.

        Ah well, all the more reason to be excited about Simona de Silvestro!

  2. What a nightmare for Susie :(

    1. Yeah, I hope she gets another opportunity. Read so much sexism on the internet today, it’s appalling.

  3. I think at least we can take something positive from this event – Susie Wolff is faster than Pastor Maldonaldo!

  4. Gutted for Susie.

    At least she has the opportunity to get a proper run again at Hockenheim.

  5. No guys Susie’s slowness is nothing genetic her engine had a problem.

    1. Na, it was her two big womanly X chromosomes weighing her down, probably broke the engine too ;)

    2. She isnt slow because she is a woman.

    3. If susie was fast she would have had won something on her career.

  6. and Daniel Juncadella is only 0.3 slower than Perez in same car.

    1. Yea, because FP1 is the perfect time to judge the competitiveness of a car/driver!

      1. If it were, Alonso would be dominating this season!

  7. Man as a Ham fan Ros is really worrying me, did Ham have a problem?

    1. I didn’t see anything reported. I wouldn’t make too much of the times. They try a lot of different things in practice sessions so it doesn’t necessarily mean Hamilton is that much slower. If he is out-qualified again then you can start to worry.

    2. Ericsson’s spin was ahead of Hamilton on his late quick lap – yellows will have been bad for his time.

      1. Yeah, no reason NR and LH won’t be within a tenth of each other either way when all is said and done.

    3. red and yellow flags slowed lewis down.

      1. Thanks guys i got to watch last 10 min. Nico slow down haha. I think this championship will be decided on qualifying, we don’t see merc’s passing eachother do we/

  8. And Massa loses it in Silvestone again! Just like in Canada and… erhm, he didnt lose it in Monaco, did he?

  9. Who’s that SIMON Wolff at the bottom of the timesheets? I’ve just looked up his DTM and F3 results and im surprised he’s been given a chance at this level.

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    1. @elbasque Could say the same about Maxine Chilton.

      1. @keithcollantine, aha yes!

        Although in this current pandering climate, with the triumvirate of money, British nationality and female gender, I get the feeling Maxine would keep her place even if she drove backwards.

  10. What happened with the live coverage of this session of the British Grand Prix by the British Broadcasting Corporation? The world feed is left with 1 minute and 19 seconds remaining. Lee closes the programme. We then get to see an advert for a radio programme followed by an advert for a railway documentary. Finally the next programme starts, Daily Politics, a full 6 seconds after the chequered flag was due to be shown. Broadcasters losing interest as well…

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