“Good start to the weekend”: Hamilton dominates the second Spanish GP practice session

The second practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton’s dominance. Hamilton is in the quest to score his 100th pole position.

Mercedes driver and teammate Valtteri Bottas took the lead on the timesheets during the opening session. But, Hamilton managed to score a lap 0.139s quicker than the Finn.

“It has been a good start to the weekend and the track is awesome, it looks close, but it looks like we have got decent pace there.

“Once we have analysed these two sessions, we can hopefully have a better set-up for tomorrow,” said Hamilton, winner of two of this season’s three races.

Hamilton is currently on the top of the drivers’ standings, just ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by eight points.

Verstappen, who is Hamilton’s direct contender was way off-pace coming in ninth after failing to register a good enough time post-lunch.

The Dutchman was very close to beating Hamilton’s fastest-lap time. But, during his last attempt, he lost pace on turn 10 which led him to lose his position on the grid.

Behind the Mercedes’ drivers was Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The two Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso came in fourth and fifth.

The Alpha Tauris of Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda came in close behind followed by the second Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, Verstappen and the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez.

Lando Norris had managed the fourth quickest time at the Montmelo circuit in the first session. But towards the end of the day, the British team found itself in a difficult position with Norris at 12th and Daniel Ricciardo at 14th.

Spanish Grand Prix combined first and second practice times:

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1min 18.170sec (32 laps)

Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:18.309 (31)

Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:18.335 (28)

Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault) 1:18.466 (29)

Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault) 1:18.518 (30)

Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Honda) 1:18.593 (32)

Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Honda) 1:18.619 (30)

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) 1:18.674 (30)

Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull-Honda) 1:18.785 (26)

Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull-Honda) 1:18.918 (23)

Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:18.947 (30)

Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:19.092 (28)

Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) 1:19.122 (29)

Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:19.134 (29)

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:19.195 (28)

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) 1:19.213 (30)

George Russell (GBR/Williams-Mercedes) 1:19.957 (29)

Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 1:20.046 (26)

Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari) 1:20.326 (30)

Nikita Mazepin (RUS/Haas-Ferrari) 1:20.753 (27)

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