Hamilton tops second session in Spain

By on Friday, May 8, 2015
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Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton returned to the top of the time sheets as the reigning World Champion posted the quickest lap during second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton set a time of 1:26.852 to beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 0.408s at a hot Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with the track temperature inching above 50 degrees Celsius.

Nico Rosberg was third quickest while Kimi Räikkönen ensured Mercedes and Ferrari once again locked out the top four positions.

Daniil Kvyat finished just over a second down on Hamilton as Red Bull showed signs of improvement with its new upgrade package.

Max Verstappen continued Toro Rosso’s encouraging form from the morning session as he went sixth fastest in the STR10, half a second ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button, who also had a promising showing in the newly painted MP4-30.

Valtteri Bottas returned to the cockpit of the FW37 after sitting out the first session in favour of Susie Wolff and went eighth quickest.

Carlos Sainz Jr. ensured that both Toro Rosso drivers were inside the top 10 as he placed ninth, just ahead of Williams’ Felipe Massa.

Fernando Alonso was 11th for McLaren, ahead of Romain Grosjean, who sat out the bulk of the session after the rear bodywork detached from his Lotus E23 Hybrid in spectacular fashion.

Huge parts of the car flew off as the Frenchman drove down the pit straight and the session had to be stopped briefly while the debris was removed.

Daniel Ricciardo had a difficult day as he completed only a handful of laps on his way to 13th place.

Having run an old engine in the morning, his Red Bull required a power unit change, meaning Ricciardo only joined the action with five minutes remaining.

Pastor Maldonado was 14th quickest, ahead of Sauber duo Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson.

Force India had a lowly session as Nico Hülkenberg was 17th quickest, a tenth of a second clear of team-mate Sergio Pérez.

Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi finished significantly behind their nearest rivals, with Stevens running off track at Turn 5 late in the session.

PositionNumberDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:26.852s26
25Sebastian VettelFerrari1:27.260s+0.408s37
36Nico RosbergMercedes1:27.616s+0.764s35
47Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:27.780s+0.928s36
526Daniil KvyatRed Bull1:27.943s+1.091s25
633Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:28.017s+1.165s32
722Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:28.494s+1.642s31
877Valtteri BottasWilliams1:28.525s+1.673s39
955Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:28.674s+1.822s31
1019Felipe MassaWilliams1:28.712s+1.86s36
1114Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:28.723s+1.871s28
128Romain GrosjeanLotus1:29.086s+2.234s14
133Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:29.098s+2.246s4
1413Pastor MaldonadoLotus1:29.217s+2.365s34
1512Felipe NasrSauber1:29.333s+2.481s37
169Marcus EricssonSauber1:29.361s+2.509s34
1727Nico HulkenbergForce India1:29.601s+2.749s38
1811Sergio PerezForce India1:29.707s+2.855s35
1928Will StevensMarussia1:31.929s+5.077s30
2098Roberto MerhiMarussia1:32.751s+5.899s2

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