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Hamilton and Mercedes continue to reign in Spain

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Lewis Hamilton and team Mercedes have continued their domination on top of the time sheets as Formula One Free Practice Two finished at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Setting a time of 1:25.524 the Brit shut out Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg by four tenths of a second who himself was half a second faster than Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has gained a pair of third places this Friday.

It was bad news for the Australian’s team mate Sebastian Vettel who had to sit out the session as a result of the electrical failure he suffered in FP1. That means therefore that of the three hours available for laps today, Vettel has completed four.

It was also a mixed bag for fellow Renault powered team Lotus, Pastor Maldonado was as high as fourth at one point with a time of 1:27.866 before eventually finishing ninth.

Team mate Romain Grosjean had a stinker of a day with his twin tusk Lotus, a lack of rear end downforce was followed by an unrelated brake system problem which saw him finish 17th.

After a strong session this morning, McLaren’s Jenson Button finished seventh in FP2 – just behind team mate Kevin Magnussen by two hundredths of a second showing that the McLaren’s are still on the pace they showed in FP1.

Propping up the field – at least of those that set a time – were the two Caterhams, strongly suggesting that the updates brought by the team have not had the desired impact.

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