Spanish GP: Hamilton fastest in FP2, Verstappen in ninth

Mercedes once again looked strongest in Barcelona as Lewis Hamilton ended second free practice for the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix fastest with a best time of 1m18.170s.

It was Valtteri Bottas that was fastest in the morning session, but his teammate Hamilton ended up quickest in FP2, 0.139s than the Finn.

It was a largely uneventful session, but Charles Leclerc put in a good time to go third fastest for Ferrari, while Alpine impressed with both Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso ending up fourth and fifth.

AlphaTauri were another team to have a strong session with Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda line astern in sixth and seventh.

Carlos Sainz was one of a number of drivers to have an underwhelming session. He could only manage eighth fastest, four tenths slower than the sister Ferrari of Leclerc.

Meanwhile, Red Bull have a lot of homework to do overnight after both cars lacked considerable pace, with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez rounding out the top ten.

Perez will be pleased that he was within a tenth of Verstappen’s best effort, but both he and the team will be concerned that they were seven tenths off the slowest time.

McLaren were another team to have a quiet session. Lando Norris was down in 12th, while Daniel Ricciardo seemed to still be struggling to get to grips with the MCL35 as he ended up down in 15th.

Both Haas cars were once again slowest of all, with Nikita Mazepin four tenths slower than Mick Schumacher.