2018 Spanish F1 Grand Prix: Hamilton leads FP2 ahead of Red Bulls


Hamilton tops FP2 while Red Bulls recover from difficult FP1 to finish second and third and Räikkönen suffers engine issues

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the second practice session of the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix, while Daniel Ricciardo recovered from an FP1 crash to finish second. His Red Bull team-mate, Max Verstappen, finished third in the Friday afternoon session.

Hamilton set a time of 1min18.259sec – 0.133sec faster than Ricciardo – to top the session after finishing second in FP1.

Sebastian Vettel finished fourth behind the Red Bull pair, but ahead of FP1 leader Bottas. Team-mate Kimi Räikkonen finished sixth, six tenths off the pace with an engine issue.

The first session was calamitous as numerous drivers spun off, particularly around Turns 4 and 13. FP2 was no different, with Haas’ Romain Grosjean (seventh) first to spin off (as he did in the first session), followed by Räikkönen, whose Ferrari billowed smoke after his Turn 4 off.

Haas counterpart Kevin Magnussen continued a strong showing for the squad having finished eighth, ahead of the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne. Sergio Pérez rounded out the top 10, his team-mate closely following in 11th with Fernando Alonso 12th.

Pérez stopped late in the session with a suspected loose wheel.

Renault was off the pace in FP1 and showed little improvement in the following session, with Nico Hülkenberg 13th and his team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr 17th.

Between them were both Saubers and the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly in 14th while team-mate Brendon Hartley finished 18th.

The Williams pair of Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin, who was replaced by Robert Kubica in the first session, rounded out the standings. Kubica told the media that his first FP1 session of the season was a bit of a “shock,” alluding to the difficult conditions as he finished 19th.

“I felt embarrassed when I was driving inside the car, because it was so difficult, and I felt so slow in some places,” he said.

Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix FP2 results

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1min 18.259sec  
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1min 18.392sec +0.133sec
3 Max Verstappen Ferrari 1min 18.533sec +0.274sec
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1min 18.585sec +0.326sec
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1min 18.611sec +0.352sec
6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1min 18.829sec +0.570sec
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 1min 19.579sec +1.320sec
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1min 19.643sec +1.384sec
9 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1min 19.722sec +1.463sec
10 Sergio Pérez Force India 1min 19.962sec +1.703sec
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1min 20.024sec +1.765sec
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1min 20.035sec +1.776sec
13 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1min 20.183sec +1.924sec
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1min 20.373sec +2.114sec
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1min 21.501sec +2.242sec
16 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1min 20.514sec +2.255sec
17 Carlos Sainz Renault 1min 20.672sec +2.413sec
18 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1min 20.265sec +3.006sec
19 Lance Stroll Williams 1min 21.556sec +3.297sec
20 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1min 22.060sec +3.801sec


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