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Hamilton leads the way in practice

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

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.802s 39
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m20.892s 0.090s 38
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m21.112s 0.310s 34
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m21.220s 0.418s 36
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m21.438s 0.636s 29
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m21.585s 0.783s 35
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m21.687s 0.885s 40
8 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m21.992s 1.190s 43
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m22.015s 1.213s 38
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m22.265s 1.463s 34
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m22.371s 1.569s 36
12 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m22.520s 1.718s 37
13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m22.693s 1.891s 36
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m22.722s 1.920s 32
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m23.007s 2.205s 32
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.082s 2.280s 37
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m23.221s 2.419s 35
18 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m23.236s 2.434s 27
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.599s 2.797s 31
20 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m24.077s 3.275s 21


Andrew Campbell
Photo Credit: Autosport

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