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Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton fastest ahead of Valtteri Bottas in 2nd practice

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Mercedes once more topped the leaderboard as Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas in second practice Friday for the Spanish Grand Prix.

The championship chief completed .287 ahead of Bottas, who had been faster than Hamilton earlier in first practice. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen once more seems the one driver succesful of difficult the dominant Mercedes and he positioned third in each periods, closing the time hole barely in the afternoon.

“I think it’s going to be a very tough race,” stated Hamilton, whose run of three straight wins was ended by Verstappen final Sunday at Silverstone.

Verstappen’s win there leapfrogged him over Bottas into second place in the standings after taking the victory with a commanding drive. Verstappen’s ninth profession win, nonetheless, was helped by Mercedes battling its tires amid surprisingly excessive warmth in England.

Spain in mid-August is much more difficult.

“It’s tough out there, I don’t think I’ve been to Spain when it’s been this hot,” Hamilton stated. “It’s beautiful weather but it’s a killer in the car, and it’s obviously very tough on tires as well … the tires are not happy in these conditions, you’re just sliding around.”

The observe temperature was greater in the afternoon solar of Spain and, after about 30 minutes of the second session, the tires on the Mercedes began to indicate some indicators of put on.

“The main thing will be Sunday, with these temperatures, how we’re going to keep these tires in good condition,” Bottas stated.

It was an encouraging afternoon for the enhancing Renault group, with Daniel Ricciardo clocking the fourth-fastest time, however Ferrari slipped again.

Charles Leclerc dropped from fourth in P1 to sixth, whereas the struggling Sebastian Vettel went from fifth to a disappointing 12th.

Sergio Pérez was seventh in P1 and eighth in P2 for Racing Point after recovering from the coronavirus and testing detrimental. The virus compelled the Mexican to overlook the final two races in England after he contracted it final month. Following the Hungarian GP on July 19 Pérez flew by personal aircraft to Mexico, the place he visited his mom in hospital after she had an accident.

Mexico has the world’s third-highest complete of deaths from COVID-19 — greater than 55,000 as of Friday — with solely Brazil and the United States recording extra.

Pérez defended his choice to fly house.

“I haven’t done anything different to the rest of the paddock. So I was just the unlucky one to get it,” Pérez stated. “That’s one thing. But I’m not willing to take any blame for that because anyone can get it.”

Governing physique FIA cleared him on Thursday to return to the paddock.

“I’m very happy to be back, to finally be rid of the virus and be back with my team. It’s been tough,” Pérez stated. “I couldn’t leave the room, so I was basically on lockdown for 10 days.”

Pérez, who was briefly changed by veteran German driver Nico Hulkenberg, felt nicely sufficient to maintain exercising.

“I was actually training in the apartment where I was,” Perez stated. “I was extremely lucky not to have any big symptoms other than a little bit of headache, and one or two days I felt very tired.”

No different F1 drivers have examined constructive after the primary 5 races of the season.

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