Grand Prix practice results: Hamilton fastest in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest overall time on the opening day of Spanish Grand Prix practice in Barcelona for Mercedes on Friday, the fourth round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Grand Prix practice results: Hamilton fastest in Barcelona

Both Friday practice sessions have each been cut to one hour in 2021, instead of the usual 90 minutes each. FP1 was topped by Bottas, and teammate Lewis Hamilton was fastest in FP2 – which was faster than the morning session.

Spanish Grand Prix FP1 results: Bottas fastest from Verstappen

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas 25 1'18.504     213.466
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen 19 1'18.537 0.033 0.033 213.377
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 22 1'18.627 0.123 0.090 213.132
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris 24 1'18.944 0.440 0.317 212.277
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc 25 1'18.996 0.492 0.052 212.137
6 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 22 1'19.020 0.516 0.024 212.072
7 France Pierre Gasly 26 1'19.062 0.558 0.042 211.960
8 Germany Sebastian Vettel 24 1'19.234 0.730 0.172 211.500
9 Mexico Sergio Perez 17 1'19.349 0.845 0.115 211.193
10 Canada Lance Stroll 25 1'19.429 0.925 0.080 210.980
11 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 22 1'19.669 1.165 0.240 210.345
12 France Esteban Ocon 25 1'19.681 1.177 0.012 210.313
13 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 23 1'19.694 1.190 0.013 210.279
14 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 24 1'19.732 1.228 0.038 210.179
15 Spain Fernando Alonso 25 1'19.950 1.446 0.218 209.606
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi 25 1'20.270 1.766 0.320 208.770
17 Israel Roy Nissany 23 1'20.700 2.196 0.430 207.657
18 Germany Mick Schumacher 23 1'20.766 2.262 0.066 207.488
19 Poland Robert Kubica 13 1'21.887 3.383 1.121 204.647
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin 22 1'21.976 3.472 0.089 204.425

What happened in Spanish GP Free Practice 1?

Teams began their run programmes evaluating the hard tyre, with Hamilton setting the pace on the rubber at 1m19.675s. That lap was four tenths faster than Red Bull's Max Verstappen managed on the same compound and a second quicker than Bottas at the time.

Haas’s Nikita Mazepin suffered an early half spin at Turn 8 but managed to reverse his car out of the gravel trap.

Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel topped the times at half distance, as he was one of the first to run the soft tyre and lapped in 1m19.234s. Hamilton was the first of the frontrunners on the compound and lowered the target time to 1m18.808s.

Read Also:

Bottas was forced to abort his first lap, after understeering wide at Turn 3, but he regrouped to lap in 1m18.838s. Hamilton improved again to 1m18.627s but Bottas went even faster on his final run, producing a 1m18.504s.

This was also the first F1 session with the reprofiled Turn 10, which didn’t cause drivers any problems until Friday tester Robert Kubica spun his Alfa Romeo into the gravel there with 15 minutes to go.

The session restarted with less than 10 minutes on the clock, which is when the Red Bulls ran the soft tyre for the first time. Verstappen had to abandon his first flyer due to traffic, and then went P2 at his second attempt at 1m18.537s, 0.033s off pacesetter Bottas.

In the closing moments there were plenty of cars tripping over rivals, and Bottas was forced to go on to the grass at the final chicane to avoid one dawdling car.

Hamilton stayed third, 0.123s slower than Bottas, ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris and the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Pierre Gasly was seventh for AlphaTauri, ahead of Vettel – who enjoyed his best session of 2021 as an Aston driver.

Sergio Perez was only ninth in the second Red Bull but was baulked badly by Daniel Ricciardo on his best lap.

Read Also:

Spanish Grand Prix FP2 results: Hamilton fastest from Bottas

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 32 1'18.170     214.378
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas 31 1'18.309 0.139 0.139 213.998
3 Monaco Charles Leclerc 28 1'18.335 0.165 0.026 213.927
4 France Esteban Ocon 29 1'18.466 0.296 0.131 213.570
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 30 1'18.518 0.348 0.052 213.428
6 France Pierre Gasly 32 1'18.593 0.423 0.075 213.225
7 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 30 1'18.619 0.449 0.026 213.154
8 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 30 1'18.674 0.504 0.055 213.005
9 Netherlands Max Verstappen 26 1'18.785 0.615 0.111 212.705
10 Mexico Sergio Perez 23 1'18.918 0.748 0.133 212.346
11 Germany Sebastian Vettel 30 1'18.947 0.777 0.029 212.268
12 United Kingdom Lando Norris 28 1'19.092 0.922 0.145 211.879
13 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 29 1'19.122 0.952 0.030 211.799
14 Canada Lance Stroll 29 1'19.134 0.964 0.012 211.767
15 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 28 1'19.195 1.025 0.061 211.604
16 Finland Kimi Raikkonen 30 1'19.213 1.043 0.018 211.556
17 United Kingdom George Russell 29 1'19.957 1.787 0.744 209.587
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi 26 1'20.046 1.876 0.089 209.354
19 Germany Mick Schumacher 30 1'20.326 2.156 0.280 208.624
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin 27 1'20.753 2.583 0.427 207.521

What happened in Spanish GP Free Practice 2?

In FP2, Verstappen set the early pace at 1m19.041s as the medium tyre proved the most popular. Bottas topped that with 1m18.419s with Hamilton just 0.042s behind – six tenths up on Verstappen.

A virtual safety car was required after 10 minutes due to a piece of Sainz’s Ferrari coming off on the exit of Turn 9. Yuki Tsunoda also had a big moment at Turn 9, and his trip over the kerbs briefly switched his car off.

After 20 minutes, Mercedes switched to the soft tyres, with Hamilton recording 1m18.170s, 0.139s faster than Bottas. Leclerc went third fastest, 0.165s off the pace, ahead of the Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso.

Read Also:

Gasly and Tsunoda were sixth and seventh, both within half a second of the pace and outpacing the senior Red Bull squad, ahead of Sainz.

Verstappen had a big moment at the exit of Turn 10, which ruined his first flying lap on softs – and ran wide later during his race simulation at Turn 8. His best medium-tyred time stood for ninth fastest, ahead of Perez’s best on the soft.

Verstappen ended the session with a damaged front wing endplate.

Read Also:

shares
comments

Related video

Domenicali: "Robust" F1 will survive Hamilton retirement

Previous article

Domenicali: "Robust" F1 will survive Hamilton retirement

Next article

Vettel "more at home" with Aston Martin car after upgrades

Vettel "more at home" with Aston Martin car after upgrades
Load comments
Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track' Prime

Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track'

Mercedes ended Friday practice at the Hungaroring with a clear gap to Red Bull thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s pace in topping FP2. But there are other reasons why the Black Arrows squad feels satisfied with its progress so far at a track many Formula 1 observers reckon favours Red Bull overall...

How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks Prime

How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks

OPINION: Red Bull was justified to be upset that Lewis Hamilton survived his British GP clash with Max Verstappen and went on to win. But its attempts to lobby the FIA to reconsider the severity of Hamilton's in-race penalty were always likely to backfire, and have only succeeded in creating a PR disaster that will distract from its on-track efforts

The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach Prime

The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach

OPINION: It wasn't just the Verstappen/Hamilton clash that had the Red Bull and Mercedes bosses at loggerheads at Silverstone, with the nature of Formula 1's 2025 engines also subject for disagreement. But hopes to have loud, emotive engines that are also environmentally friendly don't have to be opposed.

Formula 1
Jul 29, 2021
How Lotus uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’ Prime

How Lotus uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’

Cast in the mould of its founder Colin Chapman, Lotus was powerful and daring but flawed – as it proved through further soaring peaks and painful troughs into the 1980s. DAMIEN SMITH examines a game-changing era

Formula 1
Jul 27, 2021
The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address Prime

The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address

OPINION: Changes to the layout of Abu Dhabi’s circuit aim to reverse the trend of insipid Formula 1 races there - the promoter has even described one of the new corners as “iconic”. And that, argues STUART CODLING, is one of this venue’s abiding failings

Formula 1
Jul 26, 2021
How Ferrari offered Callum Ilott what Red Bull couldn't Prime

How Ferrari offered Callum Ilott what Red Bull couldn't

Last year's Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott could be on his way to becoming the first Briton to contest a grand prix in an Alfa Romeo since Reg Parnell in 1950. But, says Oleg Karpov, the Ferrari Driver Academy protege is having to temper his ambition at the moment – outwardly at least…

Formula 1
Jul 25, 2021
The signs that point to F1's rude health Prime

The signs that point to F1's rude health

OPINION: Formula 1's calendar might still be facing disruption as the pandemic affects travel but, says Mark Gallagher, the business itself is fundamentally strong thanks to the epic rivalry taking place on track and the consistent arrival of new sponsors.

Formula 1
Jul 24, 2021
The unexpected benefit of F1's sprint race repeat Prime

The unexpected benefit of F1's sprint race repeat

OPINION: Formula 1's sprint race trial at Silverstone drew mixed feedback on Saturday, but there remained the true test of how it would impact Sunday's Grand Prix. While fans were busy marvelling at Fernando Alonso's progress, a key lesson was being learned that would directly contribute to the dramatic lap-one clash at Copse the following day

Formula 1
Jul 22, 2021