Hamilton and Mercedes continue to reign in Spain

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.