Hamilton fastest in second practice for Spanish GP

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Spain, Circuit de Catalunyaes

The second practice session of Friday at Circuit de Catalunya was topped by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. The reigning World Champion had a small margin over Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull, followed by Sebastian Vettel for Ferrari.

The margins were fairly small between the top 6 on a circuit that teams know extremely well thanks to pre-season winter testing.

In fact, with Bottas in 5th and Raikkonen in 6th, the top three teams sat nicely together in the top 6 of the timing sheet with just 0.570s between them all. Just like the first session though, the Finnish Ferrari driver had another disrupted session that came to a halt 40 minutes earlier than expected, after a big puff of smoke came out of the back of his car. He was immediately told to stop the car, coasting back into the pitlane to never been seen again.

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were 7th and 8th, ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne in the fastest McLaren. Sergio Perez completed the top 10 for Perez. The latter also had an early end to his day as a front tyre came loose, forcing him to park the car and end the session.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:18.259-39
23Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:18.392+0.133s41
333Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:18.533+0.274s39
45Sebastian VettelFerrari1:18.585+0.326s34
577Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:18.611+0.352s39
67Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:18.829+0.570s16
78Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:19.579+1.320s24
820Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:19.643+1.384s39
92Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Renault1:19.722+1.463s32
1011Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:19.962+1.703s28
1131Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:20.024+1.765s38
1214Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Renault1:20.035+1.776s35
1327Nico HulkenbergRenault1:20.183+1.924s43
1410Pierre GaslyScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:20.373+2.114s32
159Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari1:20.501+2.242s37
1616Charles LeclercSauber Ferrari1:20.514+2.255s29
1755Carlos SainzRenault1:20.672+2.413s31
1828Brendon HartleyScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:21.265+3.006s34
1918Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:21.556+3.297s35
2035Sergey SirotkinWilliams Mercedes1:22.060+3.801s36