Lewis Hamilton has made it a perfect Friday by topping the second practice session timesheets ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who was a clear 0.4s in front of Rosberg, also trumped the field in his long run pace, setting times in the low 1m31s range in his Mercedes.

One of the biggest stories to come out of the session was the absence of the reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, who missed the entire 90 minutes due to wiring loom issues that were affecting his energy unit sensors. It was a big blow for Vettel, as he only managed to put in four laps during FP1 before stopping with the problem, which proved too complex a repair job to get him out on track. The German’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third-fastest in the sole remaining RB10.

Ferrari and McLaren continued to find improvements made to their respective cars over the three-week break since the Chinese Grand Prix, with Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen finishing fourth and fifth fastest, followed by Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button in the McLarens. The Ferraris were still, however, over 1.5 seconds adrift, while the McLarens were over two seconds off Hamilton’s ultimate pace.

Pastor Maldonado had two sessions inside the top-ten on the timesheets, clocking up the most mileage in the session and putting his Lotus E22 ninth-fastest behind Felipe Massa’s Williams. The Venezuelan, winner of this race in 2012, had the final minutes of his program cut short with a suspected gearbox problem, but still finished eight places clear of teammate Romain Grosjean.

Jean-Éric Vergne and Max Chilton provided the only moments of note in what was a rather dull session. Vergne’s right-rear wheel fell off at the exit of Turn 2, and moments later Max Chilton slid his Marussia into the Turn 4 gravel trap. The latter brought out the red flags, ruining the rest of the field’s hopes of trying to put in a super quick lap just before the chequered flag came out.

Saturday’s final free practice session in Barcelona gets underway at 11:00am local time (GMT +2).

2014 Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Results:

Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05 1:25.524 33
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05 1:25.973 + 0.449 36
3. Daniel Ricciardo Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10 1:26.509 + 0.985 38
4. Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari F14T 1:27.121 + 1.596 33
5. Kimi Räikkönen Scuderia Ferrari F14T 1:27.296 + 1.772 33
6. Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 1:27.788 + 2.264 37
7. Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 1:27.811 + 2.287 29
8. Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36 1:27.824 + 2.300 31
9. Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team Renault E22 1:27.866 + 2.342 42
10. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9 1:28.049 + 2.525 35
11. Nico Hülkenberg Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07 1:28.074 + 2.550 31
12. Jean-Éric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9 1:28.246 + 2.722 30
13. Adrian Sutil Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33 1:28.284 + 2.760 33
14. Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36 1:28.698 + 3.174 33
15. Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33 1:29.105 + 3.581 24
16. Sergio Pérez Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07 1:29.129 + 3.605 34
17. Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team Renault E22 1:29.493 + 3.969 26
18. Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:29.991 + 4.467 26
19. Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:31.148 + 5.624 28
20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05 1:31.338 + 5.814 38
21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05 1:31.586 + 6.062 39
22. Sebastian Vettel Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10 no time 0

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