Lewis Hamilton drops Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to finish fastest after the second practice in Barcelona, while Max Verstappen ends the session in NINTH as the seven-time world champion bids for his fifth straight win in the Spanish Grand Prix.
- Lewis Hamilton closed Friday’s action in Barcelona as the fastest on the grid
- The Briton saw teammate Valtteri Bottas at the top of the timesheets after FP2
- Championship rival Max Verstappen ended the session in a modest ninth place
- It looks like Red Bull still has some work to do in the run-up to qualifying on Saturday
- Hamilton offers on his fifth consecutive victory in the Grand Prix of Spain on Sunday
Lewis Hamilton saw Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas off and finished fastest in second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The world champion, who is bidding for the fifth consecutive win at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, finished the day’s closing action 0.139 seconds faster than the Finn.
Hamilton’s championship rival Max Verstappen was only ninth after running wide on his fastest lap.
Lewis Hamilton led the second practice session for Mercedes star Valtteri Bottas on Friday
The Briton clocked more than a tenth of a second faster than his Finnish teammate in Spain
Hamilton is eight points ahead of Verstappen and the British driver will be pleased with both his form and Mercedes’ form in the fourth round of the campaign.
Bottas led the opening race in Barcelona before Hamilton took first place in the afternoon.
While Verstappen shared the Mercedes drivers in the first action of the weekend, the Dutchman returned to finish more than half a second behind the black machines.
The Red Bull driver, who is eight points behind Hamilton, made a small mistake at turn 10 and left his lap.
Bottas had surpassed FP1 on Friday morning, leading up to a big weekend for the Finnish driver
Mercedes would be frustrated with the 31-year-old’s performance
Perhaps surprisingly, he wasn’t trying for another quick time to give Mercedes the advantage on his way to the rest of the weekend.
Indeed, based on early evidence from Friday’s race, Verstappen and Red Bull will need to up their game to take on Mercedes on a track where the top 14 drivers were less than a second apart.
Ferrari’s Leclerc finished 0.165 seconds behind Hamilton, with Alpine pair Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso trailing behind in fourth and fifth place.
British driver Lando Norris finished fourth in the morning, but later in the day he had to settle for 12th place, 0.922 seconds below the pace.
Max Verstappen finished FP2 ninth and Red Bull had a lot to do before qualifying
Previously, Nikita Mazepin and Robert Kubica both ran into problems.
First, rookie Mazepin was in the gravel in Turn Eight within the first few minutes after losing control of his Haas. The Russian was able to drive away from danger before returning to the pits.
Then Kubica also found the sandbox, suspending the session.
The Alfa Romeo reserve driver lost control of his car by dragging too much speed through the new left-handed turn 10 before sliding backwards into the gravel.
The run was stopped for nearly 10 minutes when the marshals moved the Pole’s car away from danger.
The opening session in Spain came to a halt after Alfa Romeo’s Robert Kubica crashed