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Hamilton fastest, Mercedes 1-2 in second Spanish GP practice

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Lewis Hamilton continued his impressive start to the Spanish Grand Prix weekend by heading up a Mercedes one-two in the second Formula 1 practice session in Barcelona on Friday.

Hamilton dominated proceedings in FP1 earlier today as Mercedes finished almost one second clear of the rival Ferrari team, leaving the Italian marque with plenty of work to do in second practice.

While Ferrari was able to respond and cut the gap to just three-tenths of a second, it was Hamilton who led the way once again for Mercedes, posting a best lap of 1:20.802 to finish 0.090 seconds clear of Bottas at the top of the timesheets.

Kimi Raikkonen led Ferrari’s charge, finishing 0.310 seconds shy of the fastest time, while teammate Sebastian Vettel was one-tenth further adrift in fourth place. Raikkonen reported an engine issue midway through the session, but did not lose any track time.

Max Verstappen slotted in to fifth place for Red Bull, six-tenths off the pace, but was lucky to survive a scare after running wide at Turn 9 and careering through the gravel. The Dutchman was nevertheless able to finish ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who ended up sixth-fastest.

Renault enjoyed an impressive session as Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer finished seventh and eighth respectively, the latter getting his first run of the weekend after stepping aside for development driver Sergey Sirotkin in FP1. Felipe Massa was ninth for Williams, while Carlos Sainz Jr. rounded out the top 10.

Home favorite Fernando Alonso was forced to miss the early part of the session due to an oil leak that sideliend him in FP1, but ultimately completed 21 laps in the McLaren-Honda MCL32.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.