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Lewis Hamilton tops the timesheet in Free Practice 2 at the Spanish Grand Prix

Spanish Grand Prix: F1 Free Practice 2 Results

With McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari, and Mercedes all seemingly in the fight in Barcelona this weekend, who will be quickest in Free Practice 2?

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Mercedes impress while Red Bull struggles during Free Practice 2 at the Spanish Grand Prix

The pit lane is very busy as Free Practice 2 at the Spanish Grand Prix gets underway
The pit lane is very busy as Free Practice 2 at the Spanish Grand Prix gets underway. (Image Credit: @F1 on X)

The Spanish Grand Prix weekend has been hotly anticipated this season, as we finally find out the grid’s true pecking order. While Free Practice sessions are not the be-all and end-all, at the end of FP1, McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari, and Mercedes all featured in the top four positions. Could the championship, in particular the constructors’, end in a four-way fight this season?

The light goes green for Free Practice 2

As the hour of FP2 gets underway its Pierre Gasly who leads out Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, and Lando Norris. Plenty of cars are queuing in the pit lane to get out on track, with only Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz remaining in the pits. Four minutes into the session, Sainz, one of two Spanish drivers on the grid, takes to the track.

In terms of tyre usage early on, only Oscar Piastri, both Williams drivers, and Zhou Guanyu opt for the hard tyre. Everyone else, including Max Verstappen, takes to the track using the mediums.

With all 20 drivers having a time on the board, its Norris leading the way again with a 1:14.197. The McLaren driver is followed by George Russell, Verstappen, Sainz, and Charles Leclerc.

Unhappy Verstappen

When asked by his race engineer about the balance of the car, the reigning world champion complains about the car suffering from unsteer and not having any “bite.” The Dutch driver may have won the Canadian Grand Prix, but it feels like it has been awhile since Verstappen has been truly happy with his Red Bull.

While Verstappen struggles in P4, Russell jumps to the top of the timesheet with a 1:14.089. His teammate is down in P3, 0.205 adrift. 15 minutes into the session, Russell leads Norris, Hamilton, Verstappen, Sainz, Leclerc, Esteban Ocon, Piastri, Gasly, and Bottas. Sergio Perez is down in P12 with home hero Fernando Alonso in P17.

Logan Sargeant becomes the first driver out on the softs

After receiving praise from his engineer regarding his “good job” on the warm-up, Sargeant becomes the first driver out on the soft tyres. Meanwhile, Piastri is ordered back to the pits as he suffers with a data issue. Albon and Sainz both join the American driver as the qualifying runs begin. On his soft tyre run, Sargeant jumps up to P7 with Albon going up to P6.

However, Sainz does better than both of them and goes to the top of the timesheet with a 1.13.286. His teammate cannot match him, slotting in behind Sainz. But not for long as Norris splits the Ferraris, only 0.033 adrift from his former teammate. Bottas goes P4 on his soft tyre run, with Nico Hulkenberg behind him in P5. But Kevin Magnussen is the quickest Haas at the moment, replacing the German in P5.

Yuki Tsunoda cannot beat Russell’s medium tyre time while he uses the softs. The Japanese driver goes P8 behind the Brit. The next of the big hitters completing their qualifying sims is Verstappen who goes P3 behind Sainz and Norris, 0.218 behind the Spaniard. But quicker than all three of them is Hamilton who goes P1 with a 1:13.264. We are still waiting for Piastri, Perez, and Russell to complete their soft tyre runs.

Both Piastri and Russell struggle on their qualifying runs, the Aussie goes P6 with the Mercedes driver behind him in P7. But it is a mighty lap from Gasly who jumps up to P4 with a 1:13.443. Only Perez is yet to complete his soft tyre run with 26 minutes left on the clock.

Perez goes P13

With 20 minutes left of the session, Perez finally completes his soft tyre run. The Mexican slots into P13 with a 1:14.081, 0.577 adrift from his teammate. Both Williams drivers have opted to go back on the hard tyres, with Daniel Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, and Verstappen on the medium tyres. The rest of the grid are still on the softs.

As the clock ticks down past the 15 minute mark, Perez remains in the pits. The Mexican has the least amount of laps on the board at the moment with 11 completed. But the Red Bull driver isn’t alone, as Leclerc is also in the pits. The Monaco Grand Prix winner has only done two more laps than Perez.

Leclerc re-joins the track with eight minutes left on the clock. Now, only Zhou remains in the pits. However, Norris makes a quick pit stop for new tyres as he worries about floor damage after going wide. Many drivers are complaining on team radio about high levels of degradation, could we expect plenty of pit stops on Sunday?

Final classification of Free Practice 2

After an hour of practice, Hamilton finishes the session at the top of the timesheet with a 1:13.264. Sainz, Norris, Gasly, Verstappen, Leclerc, Piastri, Russell, Ocon, and Bottas round out the top 10. Perez finishes the session down in P13, but ended up with 23 laps completed at the end of FP2. Aston Martin may also be disappointed with their performance in this session, with Alonso in P14 and Lance Stroll in P18.

Final classification of Free Practice 2 at the Spanish Grand Prix
Final classification of Free Practice 2 at the Spanish Grand Prix. (Image Credit: @F1 on X)

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