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Names and numbers on display in Spain practice sessions // Hamilton leads the way in Barcelona

Published by Christine Blachford

Names and numbers on display in Spain practice sessions
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Teams showed off their updates to the cars in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix today, as well as refreshed paintwork that more visibly displays the drivers names and numbers. Fans were only able to look at Fernando Alonso’s number for three short corners before the McLaren started issuing smoke and Alonso pulled it off track. His afternoon session was marginally better, 21 laps but he was last and complaining the engine was even slower.

In other news, Sebastian Vettel had a suspected gearbox issue in FP1, whilst Kevin Magnussen also stopped after running through the gravel. Sergey Sirotkin was in the car for Renault but a water leak curtailed his running to just 10 laps. Mercedes were fastest with Hamilton ahead of Bottas.

In FP2, the wind picked up and caused plenty of wobbly moments out on track, with Vettel and Verstappen going through the gravel. Carlos Sainz caused a red flag by going over the kerbs and shedding some Toro Rosso carbon fibre, but the action soon got going again. Ferrari closed the gap to the front but it was still Mercedes ahead and still Hamilton fastest overall.