Lewis Hamilton went fastest during the second practice session ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. The reigning world champion was 0.408 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and his team-mate Nico Rosberg was third.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kyvat was ahead of Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen. Meanwhile Hondas power unit upgrades proved to allow Jenson Button to go into the top ten. However Fernando Alonso, who made an error in the final sector of his fastest lap and ended up 11th.
Their positions hinted that the improved performance McLaren promised may be delivered this weekend. If they were able to repeat the successes today McLaren would be able to make it into the final part of qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
Mercedes look to have kept there advantaged on single lap pace. But Ferrari remains the closest team to the world champions. On race runs Rosberg appears to have the edge over Hamilton. But both drivers appear strong on one lap pace.
Red Bulls reliability problems returned after Daniel Riccardo required an engine change and only managed to get out for the final moments of the session.