Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes topped both practice sessions today in the build up to the Spanish Grand Prix.
The World Champions brought a more extensive upgrade package to the Catalan track in the wake of two race defeats to start the season. The upgrades seen the Silver Arrows finish 1-2 in both sessions with last years pole time beaten on both occasions. The gap between the two Mercedes drivers however is less than a tenth of a second with Ferrari three tenths off the pace.
It was a tricky session with Vettel, Hamilton and Verstappen amongst the drivers to have a slide or moment due to high wind gusts around the track. Verstappen ran wide and through the gravel at turn nine while the two champs were caught at the top of the hill before the final chicane. Speaking of Red Bull there was improvement from the former champs with the gap only seven tenths to the leading Mercedes, closer than it has been most sessions this season.
Even Fernando Alonso got some running done in FP2 after the engine failed on his first lap in FP1. However the Spaniard was last on the time sheets. The double World Champion was on the radio again stating that ‘the engine feels slower – amazing.’ in a now all to familiar rant from the home hero.
Practice three is tomorrow morning before qualifying at 1pm in the UK, check local schedules for times in other countries. Race is Sunday, again 1PM in the UK. With rain expected Sunday in the weather forecast qualifying could be important to avoid the possible spray of following the pack.
Free Practice Two final time sheet
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.438s||0.636s||29|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.585s||0.783s||35|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m22.265s||1.463s||34|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.520s||1.718s||37|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.722s||1.920s||32|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m23.236s||2.434s||27|
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