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Spanish Grand Prix FP2: All you need to know

May 7 2021
By Matt Beer

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas put Mercedes first and second in Friday afternoon Spanish Grand Prix practice, with Max Verstappen only ninth.


KEY MOMENTS

– Verstappen abandons best lap after running wide at new Turn 10

– Surprise names challenge Mercedes: Leclerc and Alpines within 0.35s of first

– Tsunoda causes car to switch off with rough trip over Turn 9 kerbs


Mercedes held its 1-2 formation for the majority of the session, across both the medium and soft tyres.

Hamilton gained more than Bottas when they swapped to the softer rubber and claimed the top spot with a 1m18.170s lap that was 0.139s ahead of his team-mate.

Verstappen bailed out of his comparable run when he carried too much speed into the new, faster, Turn 10 and swept wide mid-corner.

He had a second minor excursion later on during the long runs, kicking up dust and grass on the exit of Turn 8.

That left the title contender only ninth fastest, 0.615s off Hamilton, with his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez just behind.

Under one second covered the top 14 in a very close session. Charles Leclerc was just 0.026s off Bottas’s second-placed Mercedes as he put Ferrari third, while the Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso looked promising in fourth and fifth.

The AlphaTauris of Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda took sixth and seventh ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr in the second Ferrari, despite a scare for Tsunoda when a heavy trip over the kerbs at the fast Turn 9 caused his car to shut off briefly.

Early-season star Lando Norris was a muted 12th, with McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo three places but only 0.103s behind him.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Car Best Time Gap Leader
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.17s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m18.309s +0.139s
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m18.335s +0.165s
4 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m18.466s +0.296s
5 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m18.518s +0.348s
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1m18.593s +0.423s
7 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1m18.619s +0.449s
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1m18.674s +0.504s
9 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m18.785s +0.615s
10 Sergio Pérez Red Bull-Honda 1m18.918s +0.748s
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m18.947s +0.777s
12 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.092s +0.922s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m19.122s +0.952s
14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m19.134s +0.964s
15 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.195s +1.025s
16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m19.213s +1.043s
17 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m19.957s +1.787s
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m20.046s +1.876s
19 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m20.326s +2.156s
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 1m20.753s +2.583s

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