Driving for Mercedes, British racer Lewis Hamilton continued his domination of the 2014 Formula 1 season by leading both free practice 1 (FP1) and FP2 sessions on Friday, May 9 ahead of the weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. According to Formula 1, Hamilton posted times of 1m 27.023s and 1m 25.524s, respectively in FP1 and FP2.
Jenson Button of McLaren came in second in FP1 with a best time of 1:27.891, but Hamilton's teammate, Nico Rosberg, brought back the Mercedes one-two dominance becoming familiar in the 2014 season by coming in second in FP2 with a time of 1m 25.973s. Hometown racer, Spain's Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, placed fourth in time in both sessions. Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull held a steady third place in both practice sessions on Friday.
Defending World Champion, Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull drove only four laps in FP1 to place 20th in time. He was unable to go back out for FP2 due to electrical issues that arose in FP1, according to Formula 1.
While the teams work to make changes to their cars to better their positions in races, Mercedes appears to continue its domination of the new car formulae this season. Hamilton seeks to win the Spanish Grand Prix and a fourth consecutive win in a single season, both of which would be firsts for the 2008 champion.
TV Schedule for the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, according to NBC:
Friday, May 9, 2014:
*8:00 a.m. ET -- Spanish Grand Prix, Free Practice 2 -- NBCSN -- LIVE.
5:00 p.m. ET -- "Countdown to F1" pre-race show -- NBCSN.
Saturday, May 10, 2014:
*8:00 a.m. ET -- Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying -- NBCSN -- LIVE
Sunday, May 11, 2014:
1:30 a.m. ET -- Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying -- NBCSN, re-broadcast.
*7:30 a.m. ET -- Spanish Grand Prix, RACE -- NBCSN -- LIVE
Points going into the fifth contest of the season are as follows, according to Formula 1: Driver: German driver Nico Rosberg of Mercedes leads with 79 points, followed by teammate Hamilton at 75. Alonso is third with 41. Defending champion Sebastian Vettel struggles back in fifth with 33 points. Constructor: Mercedes dominates the field with 154 points; next closest is Red Bull-Renault with 57 which is just 3 points above Force India at 54.