Faced with a dry track for the first time this weekend, Sebastian Vettel made the most of the conditions to post fastest time in Free Practice Two for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso continued his strong start to the event.
Lewis Hamilton added a bit of action to a session aimed at car setup optimisation by spinning during one of his early flying laps, although the Mercedes man was easily able to recover to the pits without needing to sit out the rest of the session. Fellow Brit Paul Di Resta was less fortunate, retiring from the afternoon running when the left rear tyre on his Force India VJM06 disintegrated in a manner similar to Hamilton’s mishap in Bahrain.
Lotus and Romain Grosjean looked particularly menacing, with the Frenchman continuing Lotus’ strong pre-season testing form here by continually lapping quicker than anyone else in race trim. McLaren failed to deliver on hope their upgrade package would move them forward, with Button and Perez languishing in P12 and P13.
Further back, Giedo Van Der Garde was fastest of the new teams for the first time this year, while Bottas once again outperformed 2012 Spanish GP winner Pastor Maldonado.
|10||Di Resta||Force India||+1.296|
|19||Van Der Garde||Caterham||+3.155|