Lewis Hamilton top in Spain as Raikkonen breaks down

Formula 1


Final practice and qualifying on Saturday is live on 5 live sports extra and the BBC Sport website

Lewis Hamilton headed Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in a difficult-to-read second practice at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton and Ricciardo were just two of a number of drivers who set their fastest times on the ‘soft’ tyre rather than the theoretically faster super-soft.

Verstappen and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel did improve on the super-soft but were only third and fourth quickest.

It meant a clear competitive picture was even harder to discern than usual.

Many drivers were struggling to make the super-soft work at all on one qualifying lap and it looked as if teams would be trying to minimise running on what would before the weekend have been expected to be the qualifying tyre.

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Second practice results

Spanish Grand Prix coverage details

Grosjean took a spin in both practice sessions – at the same corner
All teams brought upgrades to their cars as the F1 circus returned to Europe – the florescent paint a giveaway for new parts being tested
Hamilton has been “punching below his weight” so far this season
Barcelona has seen 10 different winners in the past 11 years, going back to Felipe Massa’s victory in 2007



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