January 28, 2022

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Spanish Great Prix: Lewis Hamilton drives Mercedes one-two in second practice



Lewis Hamilton drove a Mercedes one-two in second practice at the Spanish Great Prix as Max Verstappen neglected to set an agent lap time.

Hamilton was 0.139 seconds quicker than colleague Valtteri Bottas, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in third.

Verstappen made a blunder on his passing reenactment run on the delicate tires and finished 10th with a period set on medium tires before in the meeting.

The Mountains of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso were fourth and fifth.

Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda were following up, in front of the second Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, and the two Red Bulls of Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

McLaren have not so far shown the speed that has placed Lando Norris third in the title after three races and the Briton was twelfth with colleague Daniel Ricciardo down in fifteenth.

Spanish Fabulous Prix second practice results

Verstappen had a troublesome day with track limits – not interestingly this season.

Verstappen seemed to have the speed to challenge Mercedes intently, as has been the case so far this season – he was about 0.1secs off Hamilton’s time 66% of the route around the lap prior to attempting to bring a lot of speed through Turn 10.

He ran wide out of control and afterward nearly lost the back and needed to ease off, and couldn’t record a second lap on the delicate tires.

Just as the second on his passing reproduction lap, he ran wide at Turn Seven in the two meetings, harming his front wing each time over the new kerbs that have been embedded on the exit to limit the vehicles.

Of the groups engaging simply behind the leaders, Leclerc and Alonso were the two quickest vehicles on normal on the delicate tire.

Prior in the day, Bottas had driven the main meeting, with Verstappen parting him from Hamilton, and just 0.123secs isolating the three.

Hamilton said: “It’s been a decent beginning to the end of the week. Track’s magnificent and equilibrium like the last race so it looks close yet it would seem that we have good speed today.”

Verstappen, who is eight focuses behind Hamilton in the title, said: “somewhat wide thusly 10 yet generally we had a serious decent day.

“The vehicle appears to be very aggressive so I’m anticipating tomorrow to attempt to improve somewhat further. We are very glad. You generally need to improve however there was nothing strange going on today.”