Hamilton Tops Second Practice in Spain

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the second practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, signaling a strong performance for Mercedes. Hamilton’s best lap time of 1:13.718 put him ahead of the field, as teams continued to gather crucial data for the weekend.

Carlos Sainz of Ferrari closely followed in second place, just 0.071 seconds behind Hamilton. Sainz’s time of 1:13.789 demonstrated Ferrari’s competitive pace, keeping them within striking distance of the top spot.

Lando Norris, who topped the first practice session, continued to show McLaren’s potential by securing third place. Norris clocked a best lap of 1:13.874, just 0.156 seconds off Hamilton’s pace.

Max Verstappen, a strong contender in the championship, ended the session in fourth place for Red Bull with a time of 1:13.957. Verstappen’s performance suggests he will remain a key player in the fight for pole position and race victory.

George Russell placed fifth for Mercedes, posting a time of 1:14.036. Russell’s consistent performance supports Mercedes’ strong showing in both practice sessions.

Sergio Pérez, Verstappen’s teammate at Red Bull, was sixth with a time of 1:14.110. Pérez will be looking to close the gap to the front runners as the weekend progresses.

Fernando Alonso delighted the home crowd by securing seventh place for Aston Martin with a time of 1:14.168. Alonso’s experience and skill are expected to play a significant role in the race.

Oscar Piastri, driving for McLaren, finished eighth with a time of 1:14.222, reinforcing McLaren’s strong performance in both practice sessions.

Charles Leclerc placed ninth for Ferrari, clocking in at 1:14.289. Leclerc’s focus will be on improving his position in the subsequent sessions to challenge for a top spot in qualifying.

Esteban Ocon rounded out the top ten for Alpine with a time of 1:14.344. Ocon’s performance keeps Alpine in the mix for a competitive race weekend.

Other notable performances included Alex Albon in eleventh place for Williams, Pierre Gasly in twelfth for Alpine, and Lance Stroll in thirteenth for Aston Martin. Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Yuki Tsunoda, Daniel Ricciardo, Logan Sargeant, Oliver Bearman, and Zhou Guanyu completed the field, with Guanyu finishing twentieth.

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The second practice session highlighted the intense competition among the top teams, with Hamilton setting the benchmark. As teams continue to refine their setups, the stage is set for an exciting qualifying session and race ahead.

Cla | Driver | Team | Laps | Time

1 | L. Hamilton | MERCEDES | 28 | 1’13.264

2 | C. Sainz | FERRARI | 30 | +0.022 1’13.286

3 | L. Norris | MCLAREN | 31 | +0.055 1’13.319

4 | P. Gasly | ALPINE | 27 | +0.179 1’13.443

5 | M. Verstappen | RED BULL RACING | 29 | +0.240 1’13.504

6 | C. Leclerc | FERRARI | 22 | +0.333 1’13.597

7 | O. Piastri | MCLAREN | 28 | +0.358 1’13.622

8 | G. Russell | MERCEDES | 28 | +0.458 1’13.722

9 | E. Ocon | ALPINE | 30 | +0.502 1’13.766

10 | V. Bottas | SAUBER | 30 | +0.660 1’13.924

11 | K. Magnussen | HAAS F1 TEAM | 32 | +0.757 1’14.021

12 | N. Hulkenberg | HAAS F1 TEAM | 29 | +0.789 1’14.053

13 | S. Perez | RED BULL RACING | 23 | +0.817 1’14.081

14 | F. Alonso | ASTON MARTIN RACING | 28 | +0.827 1’14.091

15 | Y. Tsunoda | RB | 31 | +0.947 1’14.211

16 | D. Ricciardo | RB | 29 | +0.993 1’14.257

17 | Z. Guanyu | SAUBER | 21 | +1.081 1’14.345

18 | L. Stroll | ASTON MARTIN RACING | 28 | +1.138 1’14.402

19 | A. Albon | WILLIAMS | 34 | +1.543 1’14.807

20 | L. Sargeant | WILLIAMS | 33 | +1.806 1’15.070

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