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2014-07-10 08:43

BACK ON TRACK Lewis Hamilton missed most of the morning during the Silverstone testing session but returned with the fifth fastest time. Image: AP/Antonio Calanni

SILVERSTONE, England - Lewis Hamilton recovered from an early setback to finish fifth-fastest on the second day of in-season testing at Silverstone on Wednesday (July 9).

Hamilton, who won the 2014 British GP at Silverstone the previous weekend, missed most of the morning's session after spinning his Mercedes on his sixth lap and causing the session to be red-flagged.

The 2008 Driver's champion came back to complete 47 laps and set the fifth-fastest time for the day -  1min36.680. That was more than a second slower than pace-setter Jules Bianchi (Ferrari) who drove 89 laps with a best of 1min35.262 on the 5.9km track - the quickest time of the session.

Hamilton was pleased by his car's performance and said he was looking forward to the 2014 German F1 GP on July 20.


Hamilton said: "It wasn't an easy day. We had great weather but unfortunately had some problems at the start of the day which meant we lost some track time. The guys did a fantastic job to get the car ready again and we were able to put together a few successful runs.

"We were going to do more runs but the red flag came out. It could have been a lot worse - it could have been raining or we could have done zero laps, but some of the things we've tried in the car feel really positive.

"I'm really pumped now for Germany. It's a constant challenge for the team to try to stay ahead but I hope we can continue to do that there."

Frenchman Bianchi, who usually drives for Marussia, was standing in for Kimi Raikkonen, who was prevented from taking part by injuries sustain on the opening lap of the British GP.

Bianchi beat Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat, second-fastest in 1min35.544, and McLaren's Kevin Magnussen, third with 1min35.593.


1 Jules Bianchi (FRA) Ferrari 1min35.262 (89 laps)
2 Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Toro Rosso-Renault 1min35.544 (56)
3 Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren-Mercedes 1min35.593 (91)
4 Giedo van der Garde (NED) Sauber-Ferrari 1min36.327 (84)
5 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1min36.680 (47)
6 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams-Mercedes 1min37.193 (40)
7 Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia-Ferrari 1min37.359 (77)
8 Daniel Juncadella (ESP) Force India-Mercedes 1min37.449 (52)
9 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull-Renault 1min39.410 (76)
10 Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus-Renault 1min41.906 (38)
11 Julian Leal (COL) Caterham-Renault 1min42.635 (51)

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