Max Verstappen ended up topping the second free practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, setting a time of 1m13.907s on soft tyres. The session started with Nyck De Vries from AlphaTauri setting the initial fastest lap time on prototype construction tyres, which are going to be used at the British Grand Prix. Then Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas, and Esteban Ocon took turns to lead the pack, but Verstappen quickly took control. He set his initial fastest lap time on the C1 prototype hard tyres and despite the Ferrari drivers leading momentarily, Verstappen reclaimed the fastest time with a lap on the soft tyres.
Carlos Sainz set the fastest lap overall for Ferrari in the session on soft tyres, posting a time of 1m14.274s. His teammate, Charles Leclerc, took over the lead from Sainz with a lap of 1m14.246s, before Verstappen took the top spot back again with his lap on soft tyres. At the midway point of the session, Alonso was in second place just 0.170 seconds behind Verstappen, with Leclerc in third.
The rest of the session saw the field switch to data-gathering exercises instead of trying to set fast lap times, which ensured that the top order remained unchanged. George Russell had a brief off-track moment but managed to continue the session. Lewis Hamilton finished the session in 11th place but set the fastest time in the first sector.
The session ended with light spots of rain falling at the Campsa right-hander, and wet weather is forecasted to affect the rest of the weekend, with rain expected during Sunday’s race.