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.