The Mercedes-AMG team once again trounced the field as Friday practice for this weekend’s Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix drew to a close.

After being pipped to the top of the timesheets in FP1 by teammate Valtteri Bottas, this time it was Lewis Hamilton who turned the tables to claim the fastest overall time of the 90-minute session.  The championship leader finished just over a quarter of a second quicker than the Finn, albeit with a time that was one-tenth of a second shy of Bottas’ FP1 effort.

Repeating his form from the morning’s session, Max Verstappen was the fastest of the non-Mercedes runners in third, however the Dutchman was a hefty eight-tenths of a second adrift of Hamilton’s benchmark time.  There was a similar gap to his teammate Alexander Albon, who was a disappointing P13 in the session thanks to a mistake on his qualifying-style run at Turn 5.

Having languished in P18 in FP1, Daniel Ricciardo showed that the Renault has plenty of potential by claiming the fourth-fastest time in FP2, less than two-tenths slower than Verstappen’s best lap.

Romain Grosjean proved that his FP1 pace was no fluke, hustling his Haas Ferrari to fifth-quickest in the American team’s most competitive showing of the season.  The Frenchman appeared bewildered by the team’s marked improvement in form, although his session was later cut short in the closing minutes when a mechanical issue reared its head.

His teammate Kevin Magnussen was unable to unlock the same sort of one-lap pace, languishing in P16 and six-tenths of a second adrift.

Ferrari found itself outperformed by one of its customer teams, with Charles Leclerc only able to manage sixth-fastest.  Having run close to the Monégasque driver in FP1, teammate Sebastian Vettel was twelfth on the timesheets – albeit just a quarter of a second slower in a tightly bunched midfield.

Carlos Sainz got to grips with his new McLaren MCL35 chassis to go seventh-fastest ahead of Racing Point’s Sergio Pérez, with Renault’s Esteban Ocon and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly completing the top ten.


FORMULA 1 ARAMCO GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA 2020 – FREE PRACTICE SESSION 2
Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11 1:16.883 37
2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11 1:17.170 + 0.287 38
3. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RB16 1:17.704 + 0.821 33
4. Daniel Ricciardo Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 1:17.868 + 0.985 34
5. Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:18.133 + 1.250 29
6. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:18.147 + 1.264 35
7. Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:18.214 + 1.331 33
8. Sergio Pérez Racing Point Logo 2020 Racing Point F1 Team RP20 1:18.293 + 1.410 39
9. Esteban Ocon Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 1:18.303 + 1.420 40
10. Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:18.312 + 1.429 40
11. Lance Stroll Racing Point Logo 2020 Racing Point F1 Team RP20 1:18.357 + 1.474 39
12. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:18.404 + 1.521 36
13. Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing RB16 1:18.491 + 1.608 35
14. Lando Norris McLaren Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:18.506 + 1.623 38
15. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:18.642 + 1.759 39
16. Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:18.761 + 1.878 36
17. Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:18.900 + 2.017 42
18. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:18.964 + 2.081 40
19. Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:19.155 + 2.272 32
20. George Russell Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:19.351 + 2.508 38

Image via Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team

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