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Hamilton Dominates FP2 in Spain Sainz Trails Closely

Hamilton Dominates FP2 in Spain, Sainz Trails Closely

21/06/2024

Hamilton leads FP2 in Spain, showing focus and precision. Gasly takes fourth, outpacing Verstappen.

Free Practice 2 of the Spanish Grand Prix took place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, once again under sunny skies welcoming the drivers. After a studious first session, FP2 was also an opportunity to prepare for a potentially rainy race.

Lance Stroll received a reprimand for not participating in a fan session. The Aston Martin F1 driver was actually with the doctor after experiencing symptoms overnight, and therefore was not heavily penalised.

Max Verstappen took a new engine, his last one available before incurring a penalty. He can, of course, reuse the old engines, but the Dutchman will face a 10-place grid penalty when he opts for a new internal combustion V6.

Most drivers went out on medium tyres at the start of the session, and Lewis Hamilton set a time of 1’15″0. Several drivers, including the Ferrari drivers, Verstappen, and his teammate George Russell, beat him.

Lando Norris set the first significant time in FP2 at 1’14″197, less than two seconds off the 2023 pole. Verstappen complained about a car that didn’t “bite” and understeer.

Hamilton climbed to third, and Russell took the lead with a 1’14″089. The drivers quickly focused on long runs, crucial in Barcelona, after FP1, where they each completed an average of thirty laps working on performance.

On soft tyres, the Williams drivers returned to the top 10, and Carlos Sainz took the lead with a 1’13″286. Norris was 33 milliseconds behind, and Verstappen two-tenths back. Hamilton improved to 1’13″264.

Esteban Ocon moved to sixth, just ahead of Valtteri Bottas and the Haas drivers. Oscar Piastri was back on track after a minor alert on his McLaren MCL38. Pierre Gasly climbed to fourth place.

For Sergio Pérez, the soft tyres did not bring satisfaction. Six-tenths behind Verstappen, he was in 13th place with 20 minutes to go. Aston Martin and RB F1 also seemed off the pace in this session.

As usual, the second half of the session was entirely dedicated to long runs to prepare for the race. The times did not change in the final minutes of this second free practice session.

2024 F1 Spanish Grand Prix – Free Practice Results (2)

Pos.DriverTeamTimeLaps
01Lewis HamiltonMercedes W151:13.26428
02Carlos SainzFerrari SF-241:13.28630
03Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:13.31931
04Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault A5241:13.44327
05Max VerstappenRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:13.50429
06Charles LeclercFerrari SF-241:13.59722
07Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:13.62228
08George RussellMercedes W151:13.72228
09Esteban OconAlpine Renault A5241:13.76630
10Valtteri BottasStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:13.92430
11Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari VF-241:14.02132
12Nico HülkenbergHaas Ferrari VF-241:14.05329
13Sergio PérezRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:14.08123
14Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:14.09128
15Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:14.21131
16Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:14.25729
17Guanyu ZhouStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:14.34521
18Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:14.40228
19Alex AlbonWilliams Mercedes FW461:14.80734
20Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes FW461:15.07033

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