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Spanish GP practice as it happened

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Spanish GP practice as it happened

By: Stephen Lickorish, Jake Boxall-Legge


  • Hamilton tops the times in FP2 by 0.139s from Bottas ahead of the Spanish GP
  • Verstappen runs wide at Turn 10 on soft tyre run, down in P9
  • Leclerc puts Ferrari in third ahead of Alpine pair Ocon and Alonso
  • Brief Virtual Safety Car after Sainz suffers front wing damage
  • Bottas fastest in FP1 from Verstappen and Hamilton
  1. Hamilton, Mercedes
  2. Bottas, Mercedes
  3. Leclerc, Ferrari
  4. Ocon, Alpine
  5. Alonso, Alpine
  6. Gasly, AlphaTauri
  7. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
  8. Sainz, Ferrari
  9. Verstappen, Red Bull
  10. Perez, Red Bull
Status: Stopped
That's us wrapping up today - we'll catch you tomorrow for FP3 and qualifying. Over and out.
And here's your session report. Despite earlier messages to the contrary, you should definitely read it - as it was a really exciting session and not at all dull:
If sprint races are good for anything, it's to save us from the drudgery of FP2 sessions.
So, it's Hamilton from Bottas in that session - a reverse of FP1. Leclerc was third, ahead of Ocon and Alonso, with Gasly and Tsunoda in sixth and seventh ahead of Sainz. Verstappen and Perez completed the top 10.
And that's your lot for FP2. I'm going to grind some coffee after that - 'twas a bit of a snorer.
Verstappen just popped in and out of the pits, returning - unhelpfully - in team-mate Perez's path.
We're into the final few minutes of the session now, and both Hamilton and Gasly are the highest-lapping drivers with 29 a piece. Perez is lowest with 20 so far.
If we combined the best sectors, we'd have a 1m17.945s - taking Hamilton's first sector, Bottas' second, and Leclerc's third.
"How are the tyres, how is the balance?" asks Fernando Alonso's race engineer. "Oversteering," comes the curt reply.
Bottas had his long-run on the softs paused, and he's now taken on the mediums to do some further exploration.
The Mercs are running around in the low 1m23s, which Leclerc and Alonso were in the same ball-park. Gasly was in the high 1m23s last time around, with Ocon on mediums in the mid-1m24s.
It feels like pre-season testing now, with drivers pounding around the Barcelona circuit on race runs. The only thing that would complete the experience is the dreaded Burger Stall of Gloom...
Now, the "fun" begins as the teams assess how deep into a race the soft tyre will go.
Kimi Raikkonen's Alfa is currently doused in flow-vis paint to assess some bargeboard and floor aero movements. Otherwise, it's quite quiet now as we waltz to the race-style runs.
Perez brings his car up into the top 10, going up to 10th and just over a tenth off Verstappen.
Tsunoda now goes P7, just a slither off Gasly's best lap so far, so his earlier hop-skip-jump over the Campsa kerb hasn't affected him too much.
Some improvements still happening out there - Gasly went up to P6 before coming into the pits, while Ricciardo posts a better lap but can only get P14.
Verstappen was on a quicker lap, but got caught out at Turn 10 and had a severe case of the wiggles - carrying in too much pace.