F1, Tests, Barcelona, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Valtteri Bottas 2019

Valtteri Bottas, Barcelona, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (2019)

Event: Spanish Grand Prix
Track: Catalunya Circuit

Weather: 24.0°C sunny & dry
Tarmac: 42.7-41.8°C dry
Humidity: 44.1%
Wind: 1.4 m//s
Pressure: 998.8 bar

Both Haas cars went out on the Spanish track first in the second free practice this Friday for the 2019 Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) topped FP1 in front of Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. Lance Stroll crashed into the barriers at the end of first practice with the Racing Point.

A few drivers had some difficulty with the rear-end of their car. We saw Robert Kubica, Lewis Hamilton, Pierre Gasly, Antonio Giovinazzi fighting their car to not spin around.

Form start on both Mercedes drivers Bottas and Hamilton were P1 & P2 on the leaderboard. Followed by both Ferrari drivers. Verstappen missed some running this morning, but in this session he looked quick after half an hour - on the medium tyres he has gone into P3, 0.059s back on Vettel in P2.

When you take into account track evolution, and the fact Ferrari set their quickest times earlier than the Silver Arrows, it seems there is very little in it between the top two teams and their respective drivers.

With half an hour to go the teams started to do their long runs in which Mercedes also seemed to have to upper hand.

Williams gap to the competition looks to have become smaller with George Russel only 0.750 sec slower than Sergio Pérez in the Racing Point.

Last year the quickest lap time in FP2 was 1:18.259, set by Lewis Hamilton with the Mercedes W09.

FP2 Lap Times 2019 Spanish GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap Time1st GapLapsTyres
177Valtteri BottasMercedes1:17.28435Soft
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:17.333+0.049s35Soft
316Charles LeclercFerrari1:17.585+0.301s42Soft
45Sebastian VettelFerrari1:17.673+0.389s41Soft
533Max VerstappenRed Bull1:18.035+0.751s30Soft
68Romain GrosjeanHaas1:18.153+0.869s42Soft
710Pierre GaslyRed Bull1:18.238+0.954s34Soft
820Kevin MagnussenHaas1:18.355+1.071s40Soft
955Carlos Sainz Jr.McLaren1:18.658+1.374s45Soft
1026Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:18.722+1.438s40Soft
117Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:18.727+1.443s30Soft
1223Alexander AlbonToro Rosso1:18.779+1.495s44Soft
1318Lance StrollRacing Point1:18.839+1.555s33Soft
1427Nico HülkenbergRenault1:18.861+1.577s43Soft
153Daniel RicciardoRenault1:18.934+1.650s40Soft
164Lando NorrisMcLaren1:19.041+1.757s43Soft
1799Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:19.427+2.143s37Soft
1811Sergio PérezRacing Point1:19.448+2.164s40Soft
1963George RussellWilliams1:20.191+2.907s38Soft
2088Robert KubicaWilliams1:20.781+3.497s23Soft

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