Nico Rosberg has put his Mercedes at the top of the timesheets ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen and teammate Lewis Hamilton in Friday practice for the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix.
The German registered a time of 1:23.922 around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, two-and-a-half tenths of a second quicker than Räikkönen, while Hamilton finished well off his teammate’s pace, 0.7 seconds behind.
Ferrari had a busy session as they switched tyre compounds over seven times in the session, swapping between the medium and soft compound tyres. Sebastian Vettel posted his fastest lap on a new set of soft tyres to land himself in fourth position, while Räikkönen’s best time was set on a used set of soft compound tyres.
While Ferrari mainly stuck to the medium tyre, Mercedes spent the majority of their session running on the soft compound. Both Rosberg and Hamilton set their fastest lap on a new set of softs, although Hamilton couldn’t put a tidy lap together and fell short of his teammate’s pace.
While the top teams were experimenting with the two softer compounds, Carlos Sainz spent 23 of his 39 laps on the unfavoured hard compound tyre after setting his fastest time early in the session which was good enough for fifth position.
Daniel Ricciardo finished a fraction behind Sainz in sixth with just 0.063 seconds splitting the pair, while Fernando Alonso was 0.033 seconds clear of Max Verstappen in seventh.
The Force India pairing of Sergio Pérez and Nico Hülkenberg rounded out the top ten in ninth and tenth place respectively, as both drivers completed the same programme of tyre selection throughout the session.
The session was briefly red flagged when Jolyon Palmer’s left rear tyre punctured on the main straight, where the tyre delaminated off the rim and Palmer was forced to park his Renault in the Turn 1 run-off.
Jenson Button’s session was also interrupted when he returned to the pits and his McLaren Honda’s engine cut out, forcing him to roll down the pit lane towards his garage. Lucky for both Palmer and Button they were able to get back out on track before the session ended.
|FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA PIRELLI 2016 – FREE PRACTICE 2 RESULTS|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result||Laps|
|1.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid||1:23.922||35|
|2.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H||+ 0.254||31|
|3.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid||+ 0.719||27|
|4.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H||+ 1.095||35|
|5.||Carlos Sainz Jr||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11||+ 1.209||39|
|6.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12||+ 1.272||37|
|7.||Fernando Alonso||McLaren-Honda MP4-31||+ 1.420||31|
|8.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12||+ 1.453||31|
|9.||Sergio Pérez||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09||+ 1.515||32|
|10.||Nico Hülkenberg||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09||+ 1.531||35|
|11.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38||+ 1.786||30|
|12.||Jenson Button||McLaren-Honda MP4-31||+ 1.971||20|
|13.||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16||+ 1.977||33|
|14.||Kevin Magnussen||Renault Sport F1 Team RS16||+ 2.232||40|
|15.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11||+ 2.453||44|
|16.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38||+ 2.569||36|
|17.||Jolyon Palmer||Renault Sport F1 Team RS16||+ 2.848||16|
|18.||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5||+ 3.038||40|
|19.||Rio Haryanto||Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5||+ 3.330||39|
|20.||Felipe Nasr||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35||+ 3.890||40|
|21.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16||+ 4.283||9|
|22.||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35||+ 4.579||42|
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