Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg showed Mercedes had lost none of their speed advantage as Formula One arrived back in Europe at Barcelona, ending Friday a second ahead of nearest rivals Red Bull and even further in front of Ferrari and McLaren.
Hamilton’s laptime was set early on in the qualifying simulation segment of the session, before the teams and drivers moved to longer race-style runs; in which Mercedes also proved stunningly fast.
Sebastian Vettel was unable to run in FP2 after his electrical issues from this morning were traced to a wiring loom fault deep within the RB10 that requires many hours of work, though some cheer remained for Red Bull as Daniel Ricciardo wound up 3rd fastest behind the two Mercedes cars. Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen ended the day positively for Ferrari in 4th and 5th, remaining ahead of McLaren who couldn’t get within 0.5 of the Scuderia duo in qualifying trim.
The session was largely quiet throughout, though Jean Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso was released from the pits in the final few minutes with a loose right rear tyre that duly went awry and will likely earn them a penalty. Max Chilton struggled with engine gremlins all afternoon, ending the day in a gravel trap at turn four when he lost concentration with just seconds left on the clock. To his credit, he avoided hitting the wall and causing further damage to his Marussia.
CLASSIFICATION – FP2 – Spanish Grand Prix 9th May 2014
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