Event: Spanish Grand Prix
Track: Catalunya Circuit

Second Free Practice Results 2023 Spanish F1 GP

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR23, with test equipment attached during the 2023 Spanish GP at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday

Weather: dry  24°C
Tarmac: dry  37°C
Humidity: 53%
Wind: 2 km/h SW
Pressure: 998 bar

After an intriguing morning session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Formula 1 teams regrouped for the second free practice session of the 2023 Spanish F1 Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen once again stamped his authority by topping the timesheets. The Dutchman showed immense pace and mastery, leading both sessions, with Alonso trailing him as the closest challenger. Verstappen's consistent form has marked him as the man to beat, coming off the back of two victories and leading the championship.

Red Bull: The Benchmark

Verstappen's car, the RB19, emerged as the dominant force of the day. The Red Bull ace took the chequered flag with the fastest lap of 1m 13.907s on medium tyres, putting a gap of three tenths to Charles Leclerc, who was second quickest with his Ferrari on softs.

Meanwhile, the sister Red Bull of Sergio Perez ended the day fourth, demonstrating a substantial improvement from FP1 and making Red Bull the team to chase in the Spanish Grand Prix.

The top 10 at the halfway mark were:

  1. Max Verstappen, Red Bull (S) - 1:13.907
  2. Nico Hülkenberg, Haas (S) +0.270
  3. Esteban Ocon, Alpine (S) +0.335
  4. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari (S) +0.339
  5. Carlos Sainz, Ferrari (S) +0.367
  6. George Russell, Mercedes (S) +0.485
  7. Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo (S) +0.541
  8. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri (S) +0.550
  9. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes (S) +0.642
  10. Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo (S) +0.678

Mercedes' Struggles Continue

Mercedes, which was curiously off the pace in FP1, didn't manage to arrest their slide in the second session either. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton complained of issues with their W14s, particularly at the final corner where the cars seemed to struggle with increased bounce due to the higher speeds. Williams, running with the Mercedes power unit, also reported struggles, with their cars at the tail end of the grid in both FP1 and FP2.

Notable Performances

Other significant performances came from Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Ocon, who ended the session third and fifth, respectively. In particular, Hulkenberg's effort was commendable, putting in a solid lap that placed him just 0.270s behind Verstappen. On the other hand, Alpine's Ocon also showed impressive form, continuing his run of good performances this season.

The Dark Horses

Ferrari, while struggling with their SF23s' handling, saw Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finish in sixth and seventh positions. Their car showed noticeable wobble under braking, and the team will be keen to address these issues overnight.

On race pace, the Aston Martin seemed much closer to the Red Bull, which could bode well for them on race day. But over one lap, it was still Verstappen who had a comfortable margin over the field.

Wrapping Up

As we wrap up Friday's action, we saw some prototypes of the new hard tyre from Pirelli in action. This compound could be introduced later in the season to cope with the increased speeds of the 2023 cars.

Also, there are some murmurs about the weather, with potential for some rain across the weekend that could throw in an element of unpredictability.

Last year the quickest lap time of FP2 was a 1:19,670 min, driven by Charles Leclerc with the Ferrari F1-75.

Stay tuned for more updates from the paddock and insights as we prepare for the qualifying session tomorrow.

FP2 Times Table 2023 Spanish GP

P No Driver Team Time 1st Gap Laps Tyres
1 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:13,907 34 S
2 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:14,077 +0,170s 30 S
3 27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas 1:14,177 +0,270s 31 S
4 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:14,219 +0,312s 30 S
5 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:14,242 +0,335s 30 S
6 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:14,246 +0,339s 32 S
7 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:14,274 +0,367s 32 S
8 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:14,392 +0,485s 31 S
9 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:14,448 +0,541s 32 S
10 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine 1:14,457 +0,550s 29 S
11 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:14,549 +0,642s 31 S
12 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:14,583 +0,676s 30 S
13 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:14,585 +0,678s 29 S
14 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:14,694 +0,787s 30 S
15 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:14,713 +0,806s 24 S
16 21 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri 1:14,785 +0,878s 33 S
17 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:14,840 +0,933s 34 S
18 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:15,010 +1,103s 31 S
19 23 Alex Albon Williams 1:15,056 +1,149s 32 S
20 2 Logan Sargeant Williams 1:15,415 +1,508s 33 S


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3 F1 Fan comments on “Second Free Practice Results 2023 Spanish F1 GP

  1. shroppyfly

    Haas are they waking up at last, tomorrow will tell, otherwise everything else as normal from the sublime to the terrible

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  2. Wayne King

    Good heavens! What a surprise! Max fastest in both FP sessions!
    Here's hoping Fernando can retain the pace when it comes to the serious end of the weekend.

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