Lewis Hamilton edges ahead in second Spanish Grand Prix practice session

Lewis Hamilton moved ahead of his team-mate in the second practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Having ended up just seven hundredths behind Nico Rosberg in FP1, Hamilton was four tenths faster in FP2 with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in second. Rosberg was third with Kimi Raikkonen once again in fourth. The top four were separated by just under a second – quite a significant gap for practice – with the whole field separated by 5.899 seconds. Roberto Merhi was bringing up the rear behind his team-mate Will Stevens.

Romain Grosjean, Marcus Ericsson, and Valtteri Bottas returned to their cars having sat out the first practice session to allow Lotus, Sauber, and Williams’ respective third drivers some running in the car. It was Ericsson who was first out on track, completing a practice start before he headed out for some running. There was early work being carried out on Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull and Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus, the latter of the pair having had limited running in FP1 due to a gearbox glitch. It wasn’t a trouble free FP2 for Lotus as Grosjean’s engine cover disintegrated on track bringing out a red flag.

Raikkonen bemoaned about a lack of grip during the session while Rosberg encountered oversteer. They weren’t the only drivers to struggle as a tailwind disrupted handling. There was an improvement for the McLaren-Honda duo of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso who ended up seventh and eleventh respectively. Alonso was just a hundredth off Felipe Massa in tenth place.

Times from FP2:

  1. Lewis Hamilton – 1:26.852 – 26 laps
  2. Sebastian Vettel – 1:27.260 – 37 laps
  3. Nico Rosberg – 1:27.616 – 35 laps
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – 1:27.780 – 36 laps
  5. Daniil Kvyat – 1:27.943 – 25 laps
  6. Max Verstappen – 1:28.017 – 32 laps
  7. Jenson Button – 1:28.494 – 31 laps
  8. Valtteri Bottas – 1:28.525 – 39 laps
  9. Carlos Sainz – 1:28.674 – 31 laps
  10. Felipe Massa – 1:28.712 – 36 laps
  11. Fernando Alonso – 1:28.723 – 28 laps
  12. Romain Grosjean – 1:29.086 – 14 laps
  13. Daniel Ricciardo – 1:29.098 – 4 laps
  14. Pastor Maldonado – 1:29.217 – 34 laps
  15. Felipe Nasr – 1:29.333 – 37 laps
  16. Marcus Ericsson – 1:29.361 – 34 laps
  17. Nico Hulkenberg – 1:29.601 – 38 laps
  18. Sergio Perez – 1:29.707 – 35 laps
  19. Will Stevens – 1:31.929 – 30 laps
  20. Roberto Merhi – 1:32.751 – 23 laps
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