Spanish GP: Hamilton over Vettel in 2nd practice

Vettel closing on Hamilton, but still 4/10ths off

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of FP2 for the Spanish Grand Prix, beating Sebastian Vettel by 0.4s.

While Mercedes had been almost a second clear of the field in the opening practice session, Hamilton was pushed more closely by Vettel as Ferrari looked more competitive on the medium tire. Hamilton's time of 1:26.852 left him a little under half a second clear of Vettel, with Nico Rosberg in third but 0.75s off his teammate.

Lewis Hamilton

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth after complaining of a lack of grip on his opening run on medium tires, with the Finn improving on his second flying lap to set a 1:27.780. Raikkonen was also unhappy late in the session, saying he wasn't learning anything towards the end of his long run.

While Red Bull again struggled with reliability problems – having completed just 16 laps in total in FP1 – there was some encouraging pace shown by Daniil Kvyat. Running with a new nose, Kvyat was fifth fastest and less than 0.2s slower than Raikkonen. Max Verstappen was with 0.1s of Kvyat as well, albeit 1.1s slower than Hamilton's time.

Jenson Button was an encouraging seventh quickest for McLaren, running an upgraded MP4-30 which also includes a new livery. However, Button said on Thursday he is more interested in the gap to the front than the overall position, and he was 1.6s slower than Hamilton, leaving him half a second behind Verstappen.

Valtteri Bottas, Carlos Sainz and Felipe Massa rounded out the top ten, with Fernando Alonso in 11th the only other driver within two seconds of Hamilton's time.

Results

Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.852s 0.000s 26
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m27.260s 0.408s 37
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m27.616s 0.764s 35
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.780s 0.928s 36
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m27.943s 1.091s 25
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.017s 1.165s 32
7 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m28.494s 1.642s 31
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m28.525s 1.673s 39
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.674s 1.822s 31
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m28.712s 1.860s 36
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m28.723s 1.871s 28
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m29.086s 2.234s 14
13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m29.098s 2.246s 4
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m29.217s 2.365s 34
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m29.333s 2.481s 37
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m29.361s 2.509s 34
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m29.601s 2.749s 38
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m29.707s 2.855s 35
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m31.929s 5.077s 30
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m32.751s 5.899s 23

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