Rosberg puts Mercedes top in Spanish FP2 as Ferrari stay within reach

CiVoB9cXEAAPEM8Mercedes and Ferrari battled it out for top honours in Friday afternoon’s second practice in Spain, with Nico Rosberg ultimately out-pacing Kimi Raikkonen by a quarter of second. Respective team mates Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were third and fourth fastest.

Local hero Carlos Sainz was the Red Bull stable’s lead driver, the Toro Rosso star taking fifth place ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, whose new Red Bull Racing team mate Max Verstappen finished eighth. The man he replaced – Daniil Kvyat – was 15th in the sister Toro Rosso.

Fernando Alonso made it two Spaniards in the top ten with a highly encouraging seventh place for McLaren, as the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top ten.

Jolyon Palmer lost significant track time after the left-rear tyre on his Renault deflated ten minutes into the session. Running was red-flagged for eight minutes as marshals cleared debris, but the Briton was later able to resume his programme.

Spanish Grand Prix Second Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:23.922 Leader Leader 35
2 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:24.176 -0.254 -0.254 31
3 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:24.641 -0.719 -0.465 27
4 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:25.017 -1.095 -0.376 35
5 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:25.131 -1.209 -0.114 39
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:25.194 -1.272 -0.063 37
7 14 Fernando Alonso 1:25.342 -1.420 -0.148 31
8 33 Max Verstappen 1:25.375 -1.453 -0.033 31
9 11 Sergio Perez 1:25.437 -1.515 -0.062 32
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:25.453 -1.531 -0.016 35
11 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:25.708 -1.786 -0.255 30
12 22 Jenson Button 1:25.893 -1.971 -0.185 20
13 8 Romain Grojean 1:25.899 -1.977 -0.006 33
14 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:26.244 -2.322 -0.345 40
15 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:26.375 -2.453 -0.131 44
16 19 Felipe Massa 1:26.491 -2.569 -0.116 36
17 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:26.770 -2.848 -0.279 16
18 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:26.960 -3.038 -0.190 40
19 88 Rio Haryanto 1:27.252 -3.330 -0.292 39
20 12 Felipe Nasr 1:27.812 -3.890 -0.560 40
21 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:28.205 -4.283 -0.393 9
22 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:28.501 -4.579 -0.296 42

 

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