FP2 in Barcelona: Mercedes keeps the advantage!

Statu quo regarding the top 6 but the gap is closer than in FP1. This Friday has been very windy so the drivers have struggled with the grip. Let’s review this FP2 at circuit de Catalunya…

Weather report: sunny, T. air: 24-26°C ; T. track: 39-44°C ; humidity rate: 28-32% and wind speed: 2 m.s (north)

Tyres used in FP2=medium and soft

Lewis Hamilton has kept the power in 1’20”802 (time signed on soft tyres at 2:36pm ; best S1 and S3). Valtteri Bottas has been second (+0”090s). Mercedes also had a very strong pace on the long runs. Kimi Räikkönen has been in the trio ahead (+0”310s). Sebastian Vettel has been classified fourth (+0”418s). On tomorrow, he’ll run the new engine (not Kimi because he had a 2nd PU in Sakhir following some reliability issues). Max Verstappen, fifth (+0”636s), isn’t satisfied of his set-up regarding the car balance. Daniel Ricciardo has signed the sixth time (+0”783s). Nico Hülkenberg, solid seventh, has been the last driver in the same seconde as the leader (+0”885s). https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/interviews/2017/5/renault-looking-very-confident-in-spain-nico-hulkenberg-qa.html He’s followed by his team-mate (+0”305s between them). It’s a very encouraging result for Renault! Felipe Massa has occupied the ninth row. Carlos Sainz Jr, still tenth, lost a piece of his car’s bodywork after having run wide at the exit of the turn 9 at 2:59pm (very hard run on the kerbs – red flag from 3:03pm until 3:04pm). This weekend, the local hero is testing a new racing shoes concept. https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/sainz-debuts-80g-racing-boots-in-spanish-gp-904575/ Romain Grosjean has failed near the top 10. Esteban Ocon, twelfth, has taken the advantage on Sergio Perez (+0”202s faster than Checo in P14). Stoffel Vandoorne has been inserted between both Force India cars. Kevin Magnussen has been at the fifteenth place. Marcus Ericsson has signed the sixteenth time. Lance Stroll has been at the bottom of the grid (P17). He struggled with the tyres. Daniil Kvyat has appeared in eighteenth position. Toro Rosso evaluated its aero and mechanical new parts. If everything went well for Carlos, things were more complicated for his team-mate. He struggled with the car balance on a flying lap and his FP2 was less productive as expected because of a damaged floor. His race simulation was much better. Pascal Wehrlein has been nineteenth. Fernando Alonso finally had a real working session but his car is terribly slow (P20 ; +3”275s). He managed to complete twenty one laps (average in FP2=35 and record=43 for Jolyon Palmer). Let’s note that McLaren changed his PU between the two sessions.

Pirelli said that the gap between the soft and medium compounds was more than 1,5s (1,8s between M and H). They expect two pit-stops on race.

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