Hamilton unbeatable in Friday sessions

By on Friday, May 12, 2017

The fifth round of the 2017 Formula One World Championship began with two practice sessions on Friday at the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, as teams prepared for the Spanish Grand Prix Sunday. Both 90-minute sessions were run under warm temperatures, a vast departure from when teams were in Barcelona two months ago for winter testing.

Leading the way in FP1 was Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, whose fast lap of 1:21.521 was .029 of a second better than the next quickest time of his teammate Valtteri Bottas.

"First practice was very, very good but in second practice the track changed and shifted quite a lot, so it was slippery and quite a lot slower for everyone - especially with the gusts of wind. It was massively challenging but still fun nonetheless", Lewis Hamilton said.

"The team has done an amazing job with the upgrades and the car is working just as we expected. It's been a much better start to the weekend for me than in Sochi, so I'm very happy. We've just got to keep our heads down and keep working, we want to be number one."

The Mercedes duo also topped FP2, with Hamilton’s time of 1:20.802 bettering Bottas’ mark by .090 of a second.

First practice session results:

1.  L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:21.521    
2.  V. Bottas Mercedes 01:21.550    
3.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:22.456    
4.  S. Vettel Ferrari 01:22.600    
5.  M. Verstappen Red Bull 01:22.706    
6.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:23.084    
7.  K. Magnussen Haas 01:23.670    
8.  R. Grosjean Haas 01:23.758    
9.  N. Hulkenberg           Renault 01:23.993    
10.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso           01:24.004    
11.  S. Perez Force India 01:24.188    
12.  E. Ocon Force India 01:24.324    
13.  S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:24.400    
14.  F. Massa Williams 01:24.618    
15.  D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 01:24.642    
16.  M. Ericsson Sauber 01:24.966    
17.  P. Wehrlein Sauber 01:25.182    
18.  L. Stroll Williams 01:25.919    
19.  S. Sirotkin Renault 01:26.293    
20.  F. Alonso McLaren no time  

Second practice session results:

1.  L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:20.802    
2.  V. Bottas Mercedes 01:20.892    
3.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:21.112    
4.  S. Vettel Ferrari 01:21.220    
5.  M. Verstappen Red Bull 01:21.438    
6.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:21.585    
7.  N. Hulkenberg           Renault 01:21.687    
8.  J. Palmer Renault 01:21.992    
9.  F. Massa Williams 01:22.015    
10.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso           01:22.265    
11.  R. Grosjean Haas 01:22.371    
12.  E. Ocon Force India 01:22.520    
13.  S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:22.693    
14.  S. Perez Force India 01:22.722    
15.  K. Magnussen Haas 01:23.007    
16.  M. Ericsson Sauber 01:23.082    
17.  L. Stroll Williams 01:23.221    
18.  D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 01:23.236    
19.  P. Wehrlein Sauber 01:23.599    
20.  F. Alonso McLaren 01:24.077  

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