FP2: Hamilton quickest as Red Bull get closer

Published on 11 May 2018 16:30

Lewis Hamilton has topped the second practice session from the Circuit de Catalunya, setting a fastest lap time of 1:18.259. The Briton was one of many drivers who struggled to get a clean lap in, as the track conditions proved to be very tricky.

Red Bull will be encouraged by its pace after the second practice session, as its two drivers ended the session in second and third. Daniel Ricciardo was quicker than teammate Max Verstappen, slotting in behind Hamilton by just over a tenth of a second.

Ferrari will be deeply concerned following the session, as Kimi Raikkonen's day ended early with an engine issue. The Finn crawled back to the pitlane after his engine cut out with a puff of smoke, and a peculiar noise coming from the Ferrari unit.

Raikkonen's fastest lap put him in sixth place, behind his teammate Sebastian Vettel. The second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas ended up between the two Ferrari's in P5, after he topped the first session on Friday morning.

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen demonstrated Haas' pace once again by ending up in seventh and eighth place. Grosjean's day wasn't completely smooth, as he spun out early on in the session at Turn 7, missing out on a chunk of running time.

Magnussen, who was eighth, received his first reprimand of the season following the opening practice session this morning for an "unnecessary" and "potentially dangerous" manoeuvre on the start-finish straight.

Stoffel Vandoorne was ninth for McLaren, who bring a radically upgraded front wing to the circuit this weekend. Sergio Perez rounded out the top ten, just ahead of his teammate Esteban Ocon, who missed out on the top ten by less than a tenth of a second.

There was an unsafe release towards the end of the session for Sergio Perez. The front left tyre wasn't fitted properly after a practice pitstop, and Perez got around half of the lap before pulling over out of fear that it would detach.

Fernando Alonso was twelfth and will be hoping to please his home crowd on Sunday. The Spaniard has finished inside the points at every race so far this year, with a fifth place in Australia and three seventh-place finishes to follow.

Nico Hulkenberg was P13, ahead of Pierre Gasly and the Sauber duo of Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc. Both Sauber drivers have already scored points this year, and come to Barcelona twelve months on from when it bagged an eighth-place finish at Spanish venue.

Carlos Sainz followed the Saubers, while Brendon Hartley was eighteenth, as he was in the opening practice session. Occupying the final two positions on the timesheets were the two Willaims' with Lance Stroll heading Sergey Sirotkin.


Fergal Walsh

11 May 2018 - Grand Prix of Spain - Free practice 2
  Driver Team Time Difference #
1. GB Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.259 39
2. AU Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:18.392 +0.133 41
3. NL Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:18.533 +0.274 39
4. DE Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:18.585 +0.326 34
5. FI Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:18.611 +0.352 39
6. FI Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:18.829 +0.570 16
7. FR Romain Grosjean Haas F1 1:19.579 +1.320 24
8. DK Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 1:19.643 +1.384 39
9. BE Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:19.722 +1.463 32
10. MX Sergio Perez Force India 1:19.962 +1.703 28
11. FR Esteban Ocon Force India 1:20.024 +1.765 38
12. ES Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:20.035 +1.776 35
13. DE Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:20.183 +1.924 43
14. FR Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:20.373 +2.114 32
15. SE Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:20.501 +2.242 37
16. MC Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:20.514 +2.255 29
17. ES Carlos Sainz jr Renault 1:20.672 +2.413 31
18. NZ Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:21.265 +3.006 34
19. CA Lance Stroll Williams 1:21.556 +3.297 35
20. RU Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:22.060 +3.801 36
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Replies (1)
SE calle.itw 11 May 2018 17:160
Posts: 5622
Apart from where RB is, this was probably the least representative session so far, methinks. I just dont see Merc' ahead of Ferrari on a track like this. Apart from Williams, they will likely stay just where they are...

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