Lewis Hamilton made it a clean sweep on the opening day of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, with fastest in free practice two for Mercedes.
Hamilton shot to the head of the time sheets during the early part of the session, as the drivers concentrated on qualifying runs, with a best lap of 1:25.524. Nico Rosberg made it a 1-2 for Mercedes, the German four tenths shy of Hamilton’s best time, while Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top three for a second consecutive session, a further half second adrift of Rosberg.
Ricciardo was the sole Red Bull running in FP2 as his team-mate Sebastian Vettel was forced to sit out the session as a result of an electrical issue in the morning that had damaged the complex wiring loom of the German’s RB10.
Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen made up the top five for Ferrari, but the pair were over a second and a half off Hamilton’s best time, all while under the watchful eye of Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo, who visited the circuit on Friday.
The two McLaren’s were separated by just two hundredths of a second in sixth and seventh, Kevin Magnussen ahead of his veteran team-mate Jenson Button.
Felipe Massa was eighth as the best of the two Williams cars, while Pastor Maldonado – who encountered a late gearbox issue – and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top ten for Lotus and Toro Rosso respectively.
Jean-Eric Vergne ended the afternoon in 12th in the sister Toro Rosso, the Frenchman having been involved in a dramatic moment in the final minutes of the session after his car shed its right-rear wheel following a tyre stop.
Romain Grosjean could do no better than 17th in the second Lotus, his session spoilt by a lack of rear-downforce early on, before a brake issue brought his afternoon to a premature close.
Max Chilton spent most of the early part of the session in the garage after a persistent engine issue, completing 28 laps before a late off at turn four.
The two Caterham’s propped up the time sheets, Kamui Kobayashi two tenths quicker than his rookie team-mate Marcus Ericsson.
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