Lewis Hamilton topped the FP2 timesheet in Barcelona, whilst Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari engine went up in smoke. The Mercedes driver’s early time of 1:18.259 remained unbeaten throughout the qualifying simulation programmes in tricky conditions, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo a tenth back. Max Verstappen rounded off the top three after being two tenths off the pace, while Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas were a tenth further back in P4 and P5 respectively.
Kimi was half a second off in P6, but more concerning will be the puff of smoke that emerged from the Finn’s engine and ended his session early. Both Haas cars reached the top 10, despite an early off from Romain Grosjean, and Williams continued to prop up the rest of the field with their troublesome FW41. Although the temperature had risen from FP1 and the wind had dropped, it took just five minutes for the Virtual Safety Car to be enforced again after Grosjean beached his Haas car at Turn 7.
FP3 will begin at 1200 local time on Saturday, with the all-important qualifying session following at 1500 local time.
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.259 S
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 0.133s S
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 0.274s SS
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.326s SS
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.352s SS
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.570s S
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 1.320s SS
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.384s SS
9 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1.463s SS
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1.703s S
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1.765s SS
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1.776s M
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1.924s SS
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 2.114s SS
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 2.242s SS
16 Charles Leclerc Sauber 2.255s SS
17 Carlos Sainz Renault 2.413s S
18 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 3.006s SS
19 Lance Stroll Williams 3.297s M
20 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 3.801s SS