GP Spagna, prove libere venerdì–12/05/2017
Spanish GP: Mercedes’ Hamilton stays on top in second practice
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton completed a Friday practice sweep for the Spanish Grand Prix, leading team-mate Valtteri Bottas in second practice.
Hamilton, who topped Friday morning’s session at Barcelona by 0.029 seconds from Bottas, was almost a tenth up on the Finn this time, ending the day with a best lap of 1m20.802s.
Mercedes’ main rival Ferrari was again adrift, albeit closer than it had been in the morning session, Kimi Raikkonen leading its effort with a time three tenths off the pace.
There was a pace disparity between the Mercedes pair early, with Bottas needing just one flying lap on medium to move into top spot with a 1m23.062s lap.
Hamilton slotted in behind the Ferraris after a big slide at the chicane during his first proper effort and then improved but still ended the run more than half-a-second off.
Ferrari was the first team onto soft tyres with an hour left, championship leader Sebastian Vettel and then Raikkonen lowering the benchmark.
However the Mercedes drivers moved back to the top, with Hamilton leading Bottas by 0.090s.
None of the top four frontrunners improved with their second push, Raikkonen finishing 0.310s adrift and Vettel 0.418s behind.
Raikkonen’s long-run programme was interrupted briefly when he was called into the pits with a suspected engine problem, after being instructed to use part throttle, but driving through and straight back out on track.
While he did not encounter any further engine problems, Raikkonen did have a run-in with the Force India of Sergio Perez at Turn 5.
Trying to pass Perez around the outside, Raikkonen was forced to back out and subsequently radioed Ferrari saying he had been "pushed off".
For his part, Vettel also had a late moment at Turn 4, a snap forcing him to drive out of the gravel.
Like Ferrari, Red Bull was closer to the pace in the afternoon session.
Last year’s Spanish GP winner Max Verstappen was again ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, by one tenth and finishing 0.636s off Hamilton’s best despite a scrappy session.
Verstappen’s biggest incident of the afternoon was a slide and trip through the gravel at Turn 9 early on, which the team attributed to a gust of wind.
Renault was close behind the Red Bulls, seventh-placed Nico Hulkenberg ending the session as the last driver within a second of Hamilton, while Jolyon Palmer was eighth, after stepping aside for Sergey Sirotkin for the morning.
Felipe Massa was ninth for Williams, while Carlos Sainz Jr completed the top 10, having caused a brief red flag an hour in when his Toro Rosso shed debris after running over the exit kerbs at Turn 9.
McLaren’s fortunes were mixed again, with Stoffel Vandoorne enjoying a reasonable session in 13th while Fernando Alonso wound up 20th and last.
Alonso, who missed FP1 due to a Honda engine failure, only emerged half an hour into the session after an engine change, and had to wait longer to complete proper runs.
Having turned a session-low 21 laps, Alonso ranted on the radio at one stage that: "The engine feels good. Much slower than before. Amazing."
PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.438s||0.636s||29|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.585s||0.783s||35|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m22.265s||1.463s||34|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.520s||1.718s||37|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.722s||1.920s||32|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m23.236s||2.434s||27|
Spanish GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes F1 team-mate Bottas in FP1
Lewis Hamilton headed a Mercedes one-two in the opening Formula 1 practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, as McLaren-Honda suffered more engine woe.
Hamilton clocked a 1m21.521s on the medium tyre, finishing just 0.029 seconds quicker than team-mate Valtteri Bottas at Barcelona.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was the closest challenger to Mercedes, which is running radical scoop vanes on the nose, but he was nearly a second adrift.
The Mercedes drivers were evenly matched throughout the session, with Hamilton holding the edge by 0.089s on the early runs on the hard tyre.
After their first flying laps on the mediums, Hamilton and Bottas did a cool down lap before going again, but both failed to improve their times.
The duo clocked 58 laps between them in a smooth session for the world champion outfit, but it was not so positive for rival Ferrari and McLaren.
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel stopped at the exit of the pitlane, reporting an issue with the gearbox with just over an hour to go.
After a short spell in the garage, the German rejoined the fray and ended up fourth quickest, just over a tenth adrift of his team-mate.
Fernando Alonso’s session lasted just a handful of corners, his car snapping approaching Turn 3 with smoke and fluid pouring from his Honda power unit.
Honda said it was an oil leak and in a bid to ensure he gets out for second practice, chose to change the engine while it investigated the problem.
Alonso’s team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne had a more fruitful session, recording 24 laps and the 12th quickest time.
Max Verstappen was the best of the Red Bulls in fifth, 1.185s off the pace and four tenths clear of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
Kevin Magnussen beat Romain Grosjean to seventh, but his session ended a few minutes early when he parked the Haas at the edge of the track at Turn 4.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr completed the top 10.
Sergey Sirotkin, who took over Jolyon Palmer’s Renault for this session, managed 10 laps and the 19th quickest time before his outing was curtailed by a water leak.
PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m22.706s||1.185s||22|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m23.084s||1.563s||17|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m24.004s||2.483s||21|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m24.188s||2.667s||23|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m24.324s||2.803s||22|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m24.642s||3.121s||18|