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Vettel sits out FP2 in Spain as Mercedes lead the way // Red Bull struggle to keep their new/old car on the road

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Vettel sits out FP2 in Spain as Mercedes lead the way
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Sebastian Vettel came into the Spanish Grand Prix weekend with a new chassis, well, an old one really. The German hoped that using a chassis from testing would enable them to reset and start again, trying to find the pace to match teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

With two practice sessions complete in Barcelona, Vettel won’t be happy with how things went. The Red Bull driver pulled to a halt during the first session after the car developed an electrical problem. The extensive repairs that needed to be completed meant he couldn’t take part in the second session, putting him on the back foot going into Saturday’s action.

The Mercedes duo led the way as Friday practice drew to a close, and this result isn’t helping Red Bull close the gap. Vettel hid his disappointment saying: “It was a small failure with big consequences.” Meanwhile, teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who finished the day best of the rest said: “We are trying to pull them back but we seem to be in a solid third place today. It would be nice to fight for a win soon, but for now it seems that thirds are the best we can do.”