Morning pace-setter Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas set another 1-2 pace time in Friday’s second practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, nearest rivals Ferrari and Red Bull close gap between Silver Arrows.
Spanish hero Fernando Alonso is the slowest in McLaren following forced to skip first session when his Honda engine failed on first lap.
Hamilton’s flying lap of 1:20.802 saw him finish 0.090 seconds ahead of Bottas – Russian Grand Prix winner – with Kimi Raikkonen leading Ferrari’s fight in third and Sebastian Vettel trailing only in fourth.
Evening session’s wild winds caused difficulties for many drivers at the Circuit de Catalunya – top fastest drivers also struggled with winds, last year’s Spanish GP winner Max Verstappen of Red Bull was fifth fastest ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
Renault duo Nico Hulkenberg and his team-mate Jolyon Palmer made seventh and eighth fastest respectively, Brazilian Felipe Massa of Williams and Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso completed to ten in the second practice time sheet.
Alonso, suffered with another hopeless performance, this weekend he struggling in front of his home fans, missed the whole first practice session after an engine failure just done first three corners of running.
McLaren replaced his damaged Honda engine, following the Spaniard returned to the paddock he was back on track for the second 90-minute session and winding up down in 20th and last sport.
His McLaren team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne was 13th quickest, as the team, like the rest, spent much of the day evaluating the performance of their many updated parts.