FP2: Mercedes edge ahead of competition

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Spain, Circuit de Catalunyaes

The second practice session at Circuit de Catalunya saw Mercedes gain an advantage over their rivals as Bottas and Hamilton were a comfortable 3 tenths ahead of the closest Ferrari.

As Bottas continued to reign, Hamilton proved Mercedes were today's team to beat, beaten by his team mate by just 0.049s.

Charles Leclerc came closest to the Silver Arrows while saying after the session that Ferrari had "still not pushed their new package to its full potential". Valtteri Bottas meanwhile praised Mercedes' upgrades as well, confident that there is even more to come, despite already being nearly a full second quicker than during 2018 practice sessions at Barcelona.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen ended up in 5th, making use of the Spec 2 Honda power unit after an engine switch was needed to get an issue of FP1 out of the way. His team mate, Pierre Gasly, ended up 7th.

Around Gasly were both Haas who again performed strongly. Grosjean and Magnussen are eager for a good weekend, after some difficult races in which they struggled to get the Pirelli tyres into the right temperature range.

Carlos Sainz was once again the fastest McLaren driver as Daniil only just made sure Toro Rosso was also presented in the top 10.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
177Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:17.28435
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:17.333+0.049s35
316Charles LeclercFerrari1:17.585+0.301s42
45Sebastian VettelFerrari1:17.673+0.389s41
533Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:18.035+0.751s30
68Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:18.153+0.869s42
710Pierre GaslyRed Bull Racing Honda1:18.238+0.954s34
820Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:18.355+1.071s40
955Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault1:18.658+1.374s45
1026Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:18.722+1.438s40
117Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:18.727+1.443s30
1223Alexander AlbonScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:18.779+1.495s44
1318Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:18.839+1.555s33
1427Nico HulkenbergRenault1:18.861+1.577s43
153Daniel RicciardoRenault1:18.934+1.650s40
164Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:19.041+1.757s43
1799Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:19.427+2.143s37
1811Sergio PerezRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:19.448+2.164s40
1963George RussellWilliams Mercedes1:20.191+2.907s38
2088Robert KubicaWilliams Mercedes1:20.781+3.497s23