Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2018

Hamilton leads the Red Bulls after Raikkonen hits trouble

2018 Spanish Grand Prix second practice

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Mercedes stayed on top in second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix but no one was able to beat Valtteri Bottas’s best time from the morning session.

Lewis Hamilton topped the times at the end of the second 90 minutes of practice. However he was one of several drivers who found it difficult to extract more performance from the softest tyres available this weekend.

Hamilton’s 1’18.259 on super-softs put him on top by a tenth of a second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. Both Red Bulls featured in the top three, Max Verstappen followed by Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.

Kimi Raikkonen, sixth, brought his session to an early end with a suspected power unit problem on his Ferrari. Its engine note changed noticeably at the exit of turn nine, after which he was told to park up.

The Haas drivers led the following runners. Romain Grosjean was the quickest of the pair despite spinning into a gravel trap at turn seven earlier in the session.

Stoffel Vandoorne put his McLaren ninth ahead of Sergio Perez. The Force India driver missed the final minutes of running after stopped with a loose left-front wheel.

The quickest of the Renault drivers was Nico Hulkenberg in 13th place, followed by Pierre Gasly in the first of the Toro Rossos. The two Williams drivers ended a dismal day of practice at the bottom of the times sheets.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’18.25939
23Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’18.3920.13341
333Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’18.5330.27439
45Sebastian VettelFerrari1’18.5850.32634
577Valtteri BottasMercedes1’18.6110.35239
67Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’18.8290.57016
78Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’19.5791.32024
820Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’19.6431.38439
92Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Renault1’19.7221.46332
1011Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’19.9621.70328
1131Esteban OconForce India-Mercedes1’20.0241.76538
1214Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Renault1’20.0351.77635
1327Nico HulkenbergRenault1’20.1831.92443
1410Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’20.3732.11432
159Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’20.5012.24237
1616Charles LeclercSauber-Ferrari1’20.5142.25529
1755Carlos Sainz JnrRenault1’20.6722.41331
1828Brendon HartleyToro Rosso-Honda1’21.2653.00634
1918Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes1’21.5563.29735
2035Sergey SirotkinWilliams-Mercedes1’22.0603.80136

Second practice visual gaps

Lewis Hamilton – 1’18.259

+0.133 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’18.392

+0.274 Max Verstappen – 1’18.533

+0.326 Sebastian Vettel – 1’18.585

+0.352 Valtteri Bottas – 1’18.611

+0.570 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’18.829

+1.320 Romain Grosjean – 1’19.579

+1.384 Kevin Magnussen – 1’19.643

+1.463 Stoffel Vandoorne – 1’19.722

+1.703 Sergio Perez – 1’19.962

+1.765 Esteban Ocon – 1’20.024

+1.776 Fernando Alonso – 1’20.035

+1.924 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’20.183

+2.114 Pierre Gasly – 1’20.373

+2.242 Marcus Ericsson – 1’20.501

+2.255 Charles Leclerc – 1’20.514

+2.413 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’20.672

+3.006 Brendon Hartley – 1’21.265

+3.297 Lance Stroll – 1’21.556

+3.801 Sergey Sirotkin – 1’22.060

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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25 comments on “Hamilton leads the Red Bulls after Raikkonen hits trouble”

  1. Alonso made that time in mediums? then maybe he is best from the rest..first three are way ahead..

    1. The Mediums didn’t necessarily look like a big disadvantage. Most drivers struggled to string three decent sectors together on the softer compounds.

    2. The top tree cars are too far ahead, but probably as concerning is how far behind the Williams are.

      1. but probably as concerning is how far behind the Williams are

        They look absolutely nowhere… For them to give Kubica the responsibility to assess their new upgrades just shows that they are lost, don’t have any answers, and especially and perhaps more concerning, they don’t trust their two permanent drivers to guide the team regarding the development of their car.

        1. Kubica is their test driver and has probably been driving these upgrades for weeks or maybe months in the simulator. Having him run them on a track that should be well known is probably just a checkback against their modelling. It looks like that check failed and the car is not as good as planned.

        2. they don’t trust their two permanent drivers to guide the team regarding the development of their car.

          That’s the problem. They didn’t get the perfect car design to start the season. There were definite flaws, but a decent and experienced F1 driver can guide the team on fixing issues and developing the car better. Right now they’re stuck with a rookie, and a clueless driver who doesn’t know his head from his rear end.

          It will be sad if Williams finishing last this season. Their strategy of chasing the money back fired big time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they are seriously considering changing their line up for next season.

          1. @todfod, the flaws that have been found so far were reportedly pretty fundamental flaws, such as the problems with the internal cooling systems of the cars. I don’t think that “a decent and experienced F1 driver can guide the team” in fixing those issues – those issues are pretty significant and in areas where a driver can’t make any real difference.

            Even Kubica himself sounded a bit confused at how badly the car was performing on track – quite a few of his comments were about how atrocious the handling balance of the car was and how the car was very unpredictable to drive and seemed to have very little margin for error (as he showed himself when he spun the car during FP1). From what he was saying, it’s more than a slightly flawed design – it sounds like a total disaster.

      2. Since this is the test track, you would expect that optimization of the set ups would mean that the best teams don’t stumble and show the true quality of their machinery. Which is why this race is often a snoozer.

        Yes, Williams is in desperate shape. Maybe they should let Stroll just buy them out and make them the MB B-team. MB is not going to keep doing this forever, so maybe they could become the heir to the factory team.

        1. I trust that Williams don’t sell out only for positions.
          All teams and as well Maclaren and Ferrari have had to same problems some times.only losers gives up as soon as it gets tuff.
          They will come back.

          1. Williams don’t sell out? Williams will come back? Man, that sounds like some parallel universe:)

  2. I thought ham did his quickest on the soft not ss?

  3. I have been a vocal McLaren critic throughout. But I will humbly eat my words. They genuinely seem to have made a significant step forward.

    Their chassis being bad was probably a temporary 4 race affair.

    Looking forward to Alonso mixing it up with the top 6 now.

    1. They are still about 1.5-2 seconds off the pace of the top 6…

    2. They probably closed the gap to Red Bull from 2secs to 1.5secs. How is he going to mix it up with the top 6 with that kind of improvement?

      Reality check 1: This is another lost year for McLaren.
      Reality check 2: I don’t know if we can keep saying that these are “lost years” or if we just have to accept that McLaren is a midfield team now.

    3. Indeed, by the looks of it, alonso can do no miracles against the top 6, given how far back mclaren is.

      A realistic goal is outperforming renault on merit, even that won’t be a given.

  4. Williams is the new HRT

    1. @fer-no65 I was thinking the same thing. It’s hard to believe how far they have fallen.

  5. How is it possible that the new Halo mirrors are being allowed??

    The function of the Halo is to protect the driver from a tethered wheel slap. What happens to the added bits like mirrors,winglets and race after race more aero shapes that will go somewhere upon impact?

    The longer we have the Halo and bits being added to it racraises the danger level of the unexpected to happen.

    1. @Holmzini I’m not a halo fan either, but your being a little disingenuous to prove your point, aren’t you? I would go into explaining that wheels are much heavier than a mirror, and likely to stay in one bulky heavy piece, but you know that….

    2. Completely agree. A side impact of a wheel on the halo will dislodge the mirror or whatever aero device is on the halo in to the cockpit… thus defeating the whole purpose of the the halo in the first place. FIA should take this issue seriously.. and without doing Ferrari any favours for once.

      1. MB (@muralibhats)
        11th May 2018, 21:54

        Killed by a mirror or its pieces.. not even flying at 20% speed of what hit Massa.. yeah.

        1. Yep, the side door’s wide open, how the heck can they allow this.

    3. That’s quite a far fetched idea. Debris flying around are much more likely to enter the cockpit. The mirror is exactly in the same position as before, just mounted some place else.

  6. MB (@muralibhats)
    11th May 2018, 21:54

    Killed by a mirror or its pieces.. not even flying at 20% speed of what hit Massa.. yeah.

    1. Material from the car came back into the drivers area and did kill Senna.
      I find it odd this extra bits issue isn’t being discussed at higher levels.

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