The second free practice session in Barcelona was held at an air temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of 40 degrees.

The drivers completed the second 60-minute session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Here is the summary of FP2.

What was clearly visible in practice was Max Verstappen’s car. Red Bull wanted to extensively test their new brake cooling ducts on the front axle. As in FP1, Flowviz paint was again applied.

After just 6 minutes, there were the first stray cars. Mick Schumacher just managed to catch his Haas at the exit of turn 2. Valtteri Bottas slid over the high yellow notch in the penultimate corner. Both got away without spinning.

And after 13 minutes there was the first VSC – Carlos Sainz had driven a bit too brutally over the notch at the exit of turn 9, sat up with the underbody, from a small piece of carbon of unknown origin was separated. A track marshal ran out and took the part away.

In the first quarter of the session, it was clear that the Mercedes drivers would set the pace. Bottas set a good first time with a 1:18.419.

After 18 minutes, there was another incident in turn 9. Yuki Tsunoda took the exit notch of turn 9 too hard. No part came loose on him, but the car simply shut down. Tsunoda had to make a reset on the back straight.

Almost halfway through the session, Hamilton set his first good lap and moved into the lead with a time of 1:18.170.

On the 36th minute, Perez drove his first lap on new soft tires and disappointed. He ended up in P10, even behind his teammate Verstappen, who drove on medium tires.

Max Verstappen did not have the best session. With just under 10 minutes to go, he suddenly drove over the grass. The Dutchman had lost the racing line and had to drive through the dirt. Dust swirled up, but Verstappen got back on the track and was able to continue.

Nothing changed in the final minutes. Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap and his teammate Valtteri Bottas was P2.

The results of the Spanish GP FP2:

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:18.170
2Valtteri BottasMercedes1:18.309
3Charles LeclercFerrari1:18.335
4Esteban OconAlpine1.18:466
5Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:18.518
6Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:18.593
7Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:18.619
8Carlos SainzFerrari1:18.674
9Max VerstappenRed Bull1:18.785
10Sergio PerezRed Bull1:18.918

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