Spanish GP: Max Verstappen TOPS Charts in FP2, Fernando Alonso Close 2nd

Max Verstappen continued his great run in FP2 and finished on top.

Spanish GP: Max Verstappen completes practice double in Barcelona, home hero Fernando Alonso finishes 2nd in FP2

Spanish GP FP2 Highlights: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen completed a Practice Double in Barcelona. While the Dutchman set the fastest lap of 1:14.606 in the first practice session, he followed it by even better performance with 1:13.907 in FP2. Home hero Fernando Alonso came 2nd after being 0.170s slower than the current World Champion. Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg had a fantastic run as he finished 3rd.Follow Formula 1 Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

Spanish GP: Max Verstappen completes practice double in Barcelona, home hero Fernando Alonso finishes 2nd in FP2

FP2 Highlights

Across another largely warm and dry one-hour session, which saw the field gather more data on Pirelli’s prototype tyres alongside the hard, medium and soft compounds, Verstappen worked his way down to a 1m 13.907s, another new fastest lap for the revised layout last used in 2006.

However, having lapped three quarters of a second quicker than anyone else in FP1, Verstappen’s advantage over the field in FP2 was significantly reduced, with Alonso only 0.170s back as he looks to give the Spanish fans something to cheer about this weekend.

Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Ocon pumped in impressive laps for Haas and Alpine to end up third and fifth respectively, sandwiching the other Red Bull of Sergio Perez, who lacked just over three-tenths compared to Verstappen.

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Ferrari continued to evaluate their Barcelona upgrade package, comprising a revised engine cover, sidepods and floor, with Charles Leclerc getting his first taste of the new parts en route to sixth, just ahead of team mate Carlos Sainz, who ran them in first practice.

George Russell was the fastest of the Mercedes drivers in eighth position, a tenth-and-a-half and three places up on Lewis Hamilton, as the pair continue to get to grips with the major updates the team unleashed in Monaco last time out.

Russell was forced to take to the run-off as he approached Oscar Piastri’s slow-moving McLaren into the Turn 10 braking zone, but he made his way back onto the track to continue his programme and gather valuable data for the weekend ahead.

Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and the Alpine of Pierre Gasly rounded out the top 10 positions, followed by the aforementioned Hamilton and Piastri, and the other C43, MCL60 and VF-23 machines of Zhou Guanyu, Lando Norris and Kevin Magnussen.

AlphaTauri ended their day in 16th and 17th with Nyck de Vries and Yuki Tsunoda respectively, while Lance Stroll had a quiet session en route to 18th, around a second away from team mate Alonso and ahead of only Williams duo Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant.

With clouds gathering as the session developed, some drops of rain fell on the circuit during the closing stages, but not enough to bring the drivers back to the pits to swap their slick tyres for intermediate rubber.

Spanish GP: Schedule and Live Streaming Details

Free Practice 3, Date – 3rd June

Timings – 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM IST

Qualifying , Date – 3rd June

Timings – 7:30 – 8:30 PM

Race, Date – 4th June

Timings – 6:30 PM IST


Where can you watch Practice, Qualifying, and Race on TV?

The Practice, Qualifying, and Race will not be telecast on television in India.

Where can you watch Practice, Qualifying, and Race? – Live Stream

F1 fans in India can Live Stream all the Formula 1 action on the F1TVPro App and Website.

F1 Spanish GP: Timings of Practice, Qualifying, Race, Live Streaming and All you need to know – Check Out

Location – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

First Grand Prix – 1991

Number of Laps – 66

Circuit Length – 4.657 km

Race Distance – 307.236 km

When was the track built?

It was built as part of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics development programme with the foundation stone being laid in 1989.

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