Lewis Hamilton was fastest in second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver set an 18.2 on the supersofts to go a tenth faster than Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, as they were the only drivers to set there fastest on the slower soft tyre.
Mercedes had been a second faster in FP1, but Ricciardo narrowed the gap to a tenth as Red Bull ran there more competitive package. However, both the top three made a mistake on the fastest supersoft tyre while on their fastest lap. Meaning Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen had to settle for third.
Ferrari hasn’t really shown much of their true performance this weekend, as Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest three tenths off the pace of the Mercedes. However, the team has made a huge jump between FP2 and FP3 this season.
Kimi Raikkonen had a scrappy session on his way to sixth fastest, on his supersoft run he went through the gravel before an issue developed causing his engine to shut down as he returned to the pits. Haas had another strong session, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen being best of the rest in seventh and eighth.
That was despite the Frenchman being one of serval drivers to spin, going into the gravel. Many drivers struggled on the resurfaced track and with the wind, it made it difficult to keep the cars on the track.
McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne put the updated McLaren ninth fastest, the Belgian had a slow start to the afternoon. The team changed the floor of his McLaren before he set a 19.7 to go ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez.
The Mexican set his fastest time on the supersoft tyres but was forced to abandon his long run as the team told him to stop on track as they believed they had incorrectly fitted a tyre. Esteban Ocon was twelfth fastest ahead of Fernando Alonso.
Renault appears to be in danger of missing out on Q3 for the first time this season, however, with Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz only thirteenth and seventeenth respectively.
Sauber’s strong start continues as Marcus Ericsson was fifteenth, despite a spin his teammate Charles Leclerc managed sixteenth just twelve thousandths behind.
Williams duo Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin were nineteenth and twentieth, three seconds off the pace, the track brutally exposing the car’s aerodynamic weaknesses.