Spanish GP: Rosberg moves to the top in Practice 2

Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg

As expected, Nico Rosberg turned the fastest lap in the 2nd practice session for the Spanish GP Friday afternoon in Barcelona.

After sandbagging in the morning session on harder tires, Rosberg put up a lap of 1m23.922s to top the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen who was 2nd at 1m24.176s.

Vettel's fast time in the morning session of 1m23.951s means the Ferrari lap time on the same soft tires were within 0.03 sec of the Mercedes. Does Ferrari have a chance this weekend or were Mercedes running heavier fuel loads? We'll find out Saturday afternoon when qualifying finishes.

Local hero Carlos Sainz was the Red Bull stable’s lead driver, the Toro Rosso star taking fifth place ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, whose new Red Bull Racing teammate Max Verstappen finished eighth. The man he replaced – Daniil Kvyat – was 15th in the sister Toro Rosso.

Fernando Alonso made it two Spaniards in the top ten with a highly encouraging seventh place for McLaren, as the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top ten.

Jolyon Palmer lost significant track time after the left-rear tire on his Renault deflated ten minutes into the session. Running was red-flagged for eight minutes as marshals cleared debris, but the Briton was later able to resume his program.

QUOTES

Nico Rosberg
It's great to be back in Europe and to be back in Spain. It was a good start for us today with two good practice sessions. Times were looking good on the longer and also on the shorter stints. I feel very comfortable with the car with some new parts added and they seemed to have worked well. Ferrari also look very strong around this circuit so I'm looking forward to Saturday's third practice session as well as qualifying and to seeing how we can perform out there.

Lewis Hamilton
That wasn't an easy day for me, I struggled with the car balance through the day and this afternoon in particular it felt really tricky to drive. I had traffic on my quick lap, so the lap times don't tell the full story, but it's clear we have plenty of work to do this evening to get the car driving like I want it to. But we will get our heads down this evening, work through the data and I'm confident we can pull things around for tomorrow.

Results

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.922 +0.000s 35
2 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:24.176 +0.254s 31
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.641 +0.719s 27
4 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:25.017 +1.095s 35
5 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:25.131 +1.209s 39
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:25.194 +1.272s 37
7 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:25.342 +1.420s 31
8 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:25.375 +1.453s 31
9 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:25.437 +1.515s 32
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:25.453 +1.531s 35
11 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:25.708 +1.786s 30
12 22 Jenson Button McLaren 1:25.893 +1.971s 20
13 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:25.899 +1.977s 33
14 20 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:26.244 +2.322s 40
15 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:26.375 +2.453s 44
16 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:26.491 +2.569s 36
17 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:26.770 +2.848s 16
18 94 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:26.960 +3.038s 40
19 88 Rio Haryanto Manor 1:27.252 +3.330s 39
20 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:27.812 +3.890s 40
21 21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:28.205 +4.283s 9
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:28.501 +4.579s 42

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