Rosberg on top in Barcelona practice

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg edged the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to top Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver posted the fastest lap in the second 90 minute session at the Circuit de Catalunya with a 1:23.922s effort set on soft compound tyres.

Rosberg ended the day just 0.029s quicker than Vettel, who posted his personal best, also on soft tyres, to head opening practice.

The sister Ferrari of Raikkonen produced its quickest time in the morning session leaving the Finn just shy of Vettel.

Raikkonen maintained his pace in Practice 2 to finish just behind Rosberg despite encountering a fuel system issue which forced him back to the garage.

Lewis Hamilton was unable to match the pace of the leaders in either session as the Brit clocked a best 1:24.611s in Practice 1 to claim fourth overall.

Hamilton tested a newly designed MGU-H developed to cure the issues the reigning world champion has suffered at the past two races.

Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz emerged as the best of the rest in fifth just 1.2s adrift of Rosberg.

The Spaniard pipped Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo in sixth, while the Australian’s new Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen was eighth 0.2s slower.

The Red Bull duo sandwiched an impressive Fernando Alonso who managed to haul his McLaren to within 1.4s of Rosberg.

The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10 with Valtteri Bottas the fastest Williams driver in 11th position.

Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean struggled to find an optimum set-up which saw the Frenchman wind up in 13th ahead of the top Renault of Kevin Magnussen.

Magnussen’s team-mate Jolyon Palmer endured a difficult day as a tyre failure early in Practice 2 brought out the red flags and restricted his running to 16 laps.

He was forced to sit on the sidelines in opening practice as Esteban Ocon contested the session in the Brit’s chassis.

Daniil Kvyat was 15th fastest on his return to Toro Rosso a full 1.2s shy of his new team-mate Sainz.

Result: Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Practice 2 

Position Driver Car Time/Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.922s 35
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +0.254s 31
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.719s 27
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +1.095s 35
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari +1.209s 39
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault +1.272s 37
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda +1.420s 31
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault +1.453s 31
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes +1.515s 32
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes +1.531s 35
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes +1.786s 30
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda +1.971s 20
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari +1.977s 33
14 Kevin Magnussen Renault +2.322s 40
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari +2.453s 44
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes +2.569s 36
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault +2.848s 16
18 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes +3.038s 40
19 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes +3.330s 39
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari +3.890s 40
21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari +4.283s 9
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari +4.579s 42

Result: Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Car Time/Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:23.951s 22
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +0.138s 18
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes +0.503s 34
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.660s 33
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault +1.465s 25
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault +1.634s 29
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes +1.721s 36
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari +2.127s 19
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes +2.235s 32
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda +2.292s 18
11 Kevin Magnussen Renault +2.625s 30
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari +2.632s 21
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes +2.987s 27
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes +3.113s 9
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari +3.302s 27
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari +3.307s 17
17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari +3.332s 18
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari +3.441s 24
19 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda +3.659s 19
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes +4.133s 29
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes +5.101s 34
22 Esteban Ocon Renault 6

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