Max Verstappen also clocked the third time in the second free practice for the Grand Prix of Barcelona on Friday. Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were again considerably faster.
Hamilton was the only driver to ride under 1.17: 1.16.883. Bottas clocked 1.17.170 and Verstappen followed at an appropriate distance on behalf of Red Bull Racing: 1.17.704. Earlier in the day, the difference during the first practice even went towards the second.
Behind the top three, Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo was the only one to also drop below 1.18: 1.17.868. Verstappen's teammate Alexander Albon only set the thirteenth fastest time at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Ferrari was still in fourth and fifth place after the first practice session, but was slower in the second practice session. Charles Leclerc clocked seventh fastest time and Sebastian Vettel was back in twelfth place.
The third free practice session will take place on Saturday at 12 noon, followed by qualifying at 3 pm. The Grand Prix of Spain starts on Sunday at 3.10 p.m.
Verstappen hopes to continue his victory at Silverstone last Sunday in Barcelona, where he finished third in the last two years. In 2016 he took the win in his first race as a Red Bull driver.
Top 10 second free practice
- 1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - 1.16.883
- 2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 1.17.170
- 3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 1.17.704
- 4. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) - 1.17.868
- 5. Romain Grosjean (Haas F1) - 1.18.133
- 6. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) - 1.18.147
- 7. Carlos Sainz (McLaren) - 1.18.214
- 8. Sergio Pérez (Racing Point) - 1.18.293
- 9. Esteban Ocon (Renault) - 1.18.303
- 10. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) - 1.18.312
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