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FP2: Hamilton pips Sainz to top second practice in Barcelona

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Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton set the benchmark in the second practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, fractionally beating home hero Carlos Sainz.

Mercedes continued to impress in the second one-hour practice at the Spanish Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton setting the benchmark with a time of 1m13.264s.

His team-mate George Russell also looked competitive, but he was fractionally off the pace in the middle sector on his qualifying simulation lap which saw him end up only eighth quickest, four tenths of a second off Hamilton’s benchmark.

Although Ferrari looked slightly off the pace dictated by Red Bull, McLaren and Mercedes in Free Practice 1, Carlos Sainz bounced back in second practice to take second, only 22 thousands of a second off the quickest lap.

His team-mate Charles Leclerc called the behaviour of his SF-24 “horrendous” in the opening session, but he looked more comfortable in his car and ended up sixth quickest.

McLaren’s Lando Norris was less than a tenth off, and set the third quickest lap. His team-mate Oscar Piastri was slightly off the pace all day long and set the 7th quickest lap for McLaren.

Pierre Gasly delivered a sensational fourth-quickest lap in second practice with his time only under two tenths of a second adrift of Hamilton’s benchmark. His team-mate Esteban Ocon took an impressive 9th spot, suggesting that Alpine has managed to find a better balance with its latest upgrades.

Results

Pos. No. Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.264 28
2 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:13.286 +0.022s 30
3 4 Lando Norris Mclaren Mercedes 1:13.319 +0.055s 31
4 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine Renault 1:13.443 +0.179s 27
5 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda Rbpt 1:13.504 +0.240s 29
6 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:13.597 +0.333s 22
7 81 Oscar Piastri Mclaren Mercedes 1:13.622 +0.358s 28
8 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:13.722 +0.458s 28
9 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1:13.766 +0.502s 30
10 77 Valtteri Bottas Kick Sauber Ferrari 1:13.924 +0.660s 30
11 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:14.021 +0.757s 32
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Haas Ferrari 1:14.053 +0.789s 29
13 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing Honda Rbpt 1:14.081 +0.817s 23
14 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1:14.091 +0.827s 28
15 22 Yuki Tsunoda Rb Honda Rbpt 1:14.211 +0.947s 31
16 3 Daniel Ricciardo Rb Honda Rbpt 1:14.257 +0.993s 29
17 24 Zhou Guanyu Kick Sauber Ferrari 1:14.345 +1.081s 21
18 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1:14.402 +1.138s 28
19 23 Alexander Albon Williams Mercedes 1:14.807 +1.543s 34
20 2 Logan Sargeant Williams Mercedes 1:15.070 +1.806s 33




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