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Spain Grand Prix 2020 FP2 report and highlights: Hamilton leads Bottas in Spain after Grosjean confirms Haas pace with P5



Mercedes secured their second one-two of Friday’s sessions at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Lewis Hamilton leading teammate Valtteri Bottas with 0.287 in free practice 2 for the Spanish Grand Prix, with Red Bull third Max Verstappen.

With track temperatures about 10 degrees hotter than in FP1 this morning, Hamilton’s best time from qualifying simulations in FP2 was a 1 16,883s, 0.098s slower than Botta’s lead time from earlier day – while Bottas had a slight hesitation in Turn 16 on his fastest flight lap, which could partly explain the gap for his team-mate, before later getting off the track a bit in Turn 1

2 at his long plan.

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As it was this morning, Verstappen was the best non-Mercedes racer, Hamilton’s 0.821 admiration for Red Bull. Despite this, came two of the most impressive performances of the session, Daniel Ricciardo reconfirmed the strong pace of a Renault lap recently going fourth fastest, 0.164 from Verstappen.

Meanwhile, after finishing P6 this morning, Romain Grosjean went one better in FP2, finishing in fifth place to round out what was performance wise, Haas’s most positive 2020 day to date – though this was slightly stained by a late issue in Grosjean’s car, which the team were assigned to investigate after the hearing.

1


Lewis
Hamilton
HAM
mercedes

1: 16,883

2


Valtteri
Bottas
BOT
mercedes

+ 0.287

3


Max
Verstappen
LOOK
Red Bull Racing

+ 0.821

4


Daniel
Ricciardo
RIC
Renault

+ 0.985

5


romain
Grosjean
GRO
Haas F1 Team

+ 1.250s

After finishing just one-tenth behind his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc in FP1, Sebastian Vettel fought more in FP2, finishing in P12 at Leclerc’s P6, although the pair split from the not-so-0.257s. gave me. It was undoubtedly a smaller gap than the one from Verstappen to Alex Albon in P13, who stood at 0.787 after qualifying simulations, Albon having made a mistake from Turn 5 on his fastest lap.

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After Leclerc in sixth, Carlos Sainz was the P7 for McLaren in his new MCL35 chassis – Vettel also drove his new SF1000 chassis after a crack was discovered in his old one – while Sergio Perez was eighth on day his first back at the helm of his Racing Point RP20 since contracting Covid-19.

The summary of the first 10 places came the second Renault of Esteban Ocon, who complained about the lack of rear stability in his RS20 before finishing ninth, while the 10th was Pierre Gasly for AlphaTauri, 0.045 before the lead of second of Racing Point of Lance Stroll in P11.


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Grosjean was enjoying himself on Friday … until he complained of a loss of power

After Vettel and Albon, Lando Norris was 14th for McLaren, ahead of Daniil Kvyat’s second AlphaTauri and Kevin Magnussen’s second Haas, who was unable to call the pace with a Grosjean lap.

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After starting the last race at the back of the net, Alfa Romeo will have been mild-mannered leading Williams to FP2, Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi to P17 and P18, while Nicholas Latifi was Williams’ main driver, George Russell who returned to him the vehicle that shook Roy Nissany this morning, with the Briton complaining that the feeling behind the wheel of his FW43 was like “driving on ice” after he finished 2.508s from the latest pace in the P20.

So Mercedes is ahead – but can Renault, Haas and Ferrari like to hold themselves in the middle of the sharp end of the action when qualifying begins? We will find out on Saturday.


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