Lewis Hamilton, No time/1m 29.625s, P1
Nico Rosberg, 1m 32.604s, P6/1m 29.782s, P2
Mercedes’ day could scarcely have got off to a worse start when Hamilton’s F1 W05 ground to a halt after only 12 minutes when a sensor calibration problem shut things down as a precaution. But by the second session he leapt up to the top of the timesheet ahead of team mate Rosberg.
Fernando Alonso, 1m 31.840s, P1/1m 30.132s, P3
Kimi Raikkonen, 1m 32.977s, P9/1m 30.898s, P7
While Alonso had a relatively untroubled day and was fastest in FP1 and third in FP2, Raikkonen had a tougher time with undisclosed problems that hampered his running.
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 32.793s, P7/1m 30.381s, P4
Daniel Ricciardo, 1m 32.599s, P5/1m 30.538s, P6
The manner in which Ricciardo and Vettel were quickly down to competitive times whenever they ran hard, and each achieved good race runs, bodes well for Red Bull and is a strong indication of the progress they have made since the troubles in testing. Vettel said the upturn in fortune was “a relief.”
Jenson Button, 1m 32.357s, P2/1m 30.510s, P5
Kevin Magnussen, 1m 32.847s, P8/1m 31.031s, P9
Button had said on Thursday that he expected that both Mercedes and Williams could be challenged, and had an encouraging day with second and fifth fastest times. He focused primarily on monitoring tyre degradation and the amount of fuel-saving required around the track. Magnussen did a respectable job on his first day in an F1 car at an official race meeting, with eighth and ninth.
Valtteri Bottas, 1m 32.403s, P3/1m 30.920s, P8
Felipe Massa, 1m 32.431, P4/1m 31.119s, P12
Williams looked strong in FP1, less so after FP2. Massa lost running time in the former with radio software problems, but couldn’t match team mate Bottas’ pace in the latter. Both drivers said they’d had positive and productive days, and expect to go quicker tomorrow.
Nico Hulkenberg, 1m 33.533s, P11/1m 31.054s, P10
Sergio Perez, 1m 33.855s, P12/1m 31.283s, P13
Perez spun in FP1, while Hulkenberg put his left rear wheel on the grass entering T10 at the end of FP2, and spun into the gravel. The German was relaxed and said his car’s balance needed a little work, while the Mexican said things had gone well.
Jean-Eric Vergne, 1m 33.446s, P10/1m 31.060s, P11
Daniil Kvyat, 1m 34.272s, P13/1m 32.495s, P16
Both drivers had some offs as they pushed hard, but said that they had experienced solid, productive days.
Adrian Sutil, 1m 36.445s, P15/1m 32.355s, P14
Esteban Gutierrez, 1m 35.578s, P14/1m 32.468s, P15
Sutil glumly reported that several things were wrong with his car, without saying what they were, while Gutierrez had a gearbox problem that lost him time in FP1. Later, in FP2, he had a bit of a dust up with Vettel going through Turns 1 and 2 in FP2, and ran off the track briefly.
Jules Bianchi, 1m 40.859, P16/1m 33.486s, P17
Max Chilton, 1m 46.922, P17/1m 34.757s, P19
Marussia showed signs of promise as Bianchi chased the midfield once software problems had been eradicated on both cars in the morning
Romain Grosjean, No time/1m 33.646s, P18
Pastor Maldonado, No time/No time
Lotus had a torrid time. Grosjean’s E22 had a gearbox fluid leak in FP1, when Maldonado’s car was stricken by an electrical problem. The Venezuelan went off the road on his sole timed lap and pitted immediately. Later, as Grosjean finally got some laps in before crashing in Turn 6 and damaging his rear suspension, Maldonado failed to run as his car’s wiring loom had to be changed.
Kamui Kobayashi, No time/No time
Marcus Ericsson, No time/No time
Caterham’s day was disastrous, with neither CT05 setting a lap time. Kobayashi had a fuel system problem in FP1 which caused a brief fire and necessitated removal of the powertrain. That lost him both sessions. Ericsson had an electrical problem in FP1, and a hydraulic leak in FP2.