Hamilton on top in Barcelona practice

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Barcelona

Mercedes continued to set the pace in Formula 1 as Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest time in Friday Free Practice ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The Silver Arrows dominated the second practice session with Hamilton setting a best time of 1.25.524s at the Circuit de Catalunya, which was almost half a second quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Such was pace set by the Mercedes duo, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who was third quickest, was almost a second adrift of Hamilton’s personal best.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso proved to be the best of the rest in fourth but his F14 T trailed Hamilton by 1.5 seconds.

Kimi Raikkonen showed signs he is acclimatsing to his Ferrari by setting the fifth fastest time.

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel failed to make an appearance in Free Practice 2 after suffering an electrical fault in the opening practice session.

Damage to the wiring loom of his Red Bull RB10 was unable to be fixed in time for the afternoon’s 90 minute session. The German completed just four laps before electric gremlins struck his all new chassis in FP1.

Hamilton was quick from the outset as he shot to the top of the time sheets on the hard compound tyre.

Rosberg held second as the German set his sights on closing on his team-mate’s time with Ricciardo in third.

Ricciardo was the first on the front runners to switch to the medium compound tyre and it wasn’t long before he lit up the timing screens. The softer rubber shaved around a second off his previous time as he became the first man to record a time in the 1m26s bracket.

Hamilton and Rosberg soon opted for a stint on mediums tyres and the change produced the desired effect.

The British driver surged to the top of the times before improving upon his time again to post an impressive 1.25.524s effort.

McLaren occupied sixth and seventh spot with Kevin Magnussen pipping Jenson Button, who was second fastest in FP1.

Williams‘ Felipe Massa was eighth narrowly ahead of the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado, who showed encouraging pace for the Enstone squad.

Impressive rookie Danill Kvyat rounded out the top 10 for Toro Rosso.


Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix – Free Practice 2

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.524s 33
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.973s +0.449s 36
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:26.509s +0.985s 38
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:27.121s +1.597s 33
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:27.296s +1.772s 33
6 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.788s +2.264s 37
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.811s +2.287s 29
8 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:27.824s +2.300s 31
9 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:27.866s +2.342s 42
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.049s +2.525s 35
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:28.074s +2.550s 31
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.246s +2.722s 30
13 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.284s +2.760s 33
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:28.698s +3.174s 33
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.105s +3.581s 24
16 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:29.129s +3.605s 34
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:29.463s +3.939s 26
18 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:29.991s +4.467s 26
19 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:31.148s +5.624s 28
20 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:31.338s +5.814s 38
21 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:31.586s +6.062s 39
22 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault no time


Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix – Free Practice 1

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.023s 17
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.891s +0.868s 26
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:27.973s +0.950s 21
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:28.128s +1.105s 23
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:28.168s +1.145s  9
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:28.337s +1.314s 19
7 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.423s +1.400s 27
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:28.744s +1.721s 34
9 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:28.779s +1.756s 18
10 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:28.791s +1.768s 13
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.792s +1.769s 24
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:28.828s +1.805s 17
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.859s +1.836s 24
14 Felipe Nasr Williams-Mercedes 1:29.272s +2.249s 15
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.688s +2.665s 16
16 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:29.820s +2.797s 22
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:29.444s +2.421s 21
18 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.440s +3.417s 21
19 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:30.748s +3.725s 19
20 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:30.942s +3.919s  4
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:30.997s +3.974s 22
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:31.421s +4.398s 22


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