Hamilton, who has won the last 4 Spanish GPs consecutively, has topped the FP2 rankings, followed closely by his teammate.
You might look at this table and wonder “WHAT HAPPENED TO REDBULL???”
Well, Max Verstappen might as well have been the protagonist of the book series A Series of Unfortunate Events once he switched to the soft tyres in the 60-minute FP2.
He faced significant traffic during his flying lap, went deep into Turn 10, and finished the session with the right footplate of his front wing hanging off due to damage caused by running over the kerbs at Turn 8 multiple times.
The other team that did surprisingly poorly was McLaren, who have introduced a new front wing and floor to their cars in Barcelona. Lando Norris, who finished P4 in FP1, finished 12th after running wide in numerous turns on his low-fuel run. His teammate, Ricciardo did as well as expected based on his FP1 results, coming in at P15
Because the top positions were freed up by the poor performance of the aforementioned teams, midfield teams like Ferrari and Renault had their time to shine!