F1 2013 Spanish Grand Prix: Hamilton sixth in Barcelona practice

PUBLISHED: 16:50 10 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:32 11 May 2013

Lewis Hamilton in practice for the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz}

Lewis Hamilton in practice for the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz}


FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was sixth fastest in both of today’s free practice sessions for the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona.

A rain shower prior to P1 left the track damp for the first session, with Hertfordshire-born Mercedes F1 star Hamiltion completing 19 laps.

His best lap time was a 1m 26.374s, as the Ferrari cars of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa topped the timesheets, Alonso clocking 1m 25.252s and Massa 1m 25.455s.

In the dry conditions of the afternoon, 28-year-old Hamilton completed 35 laps, finishing P6 with a 1m 23.140s.

Red Bull’s reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel set the P2 pace in Spain, topping the timesheets with a lap of 1m 22.808s, ahead of Alonso and Mark Webber.

Grand Prix of Spain

* Race distance: 66 laps (307.104km/190.825 miles)

* Start time: 14.00 (local)/12.00 (GMT)

* Circuit length: 4.655km/2.892 miles

* 2012 winner: Pastor Maldonado (Williams FW34) 66 laps in 1hr39m09.145s (185.838km/h)

* 2012 pole: Pastor Maldonado (Williams FW34) 1m22.285s (203.658km/h)

* Lap record: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari F2008) 1m21.670s (205.121km/h)

Lotus’ ‘Iceman’ Kimi Raikkonen and Massa also went quicker than Hamilton in second practice.

The Mercedes AMG Petronas team focused today (Friday) on evaluating a new upgrade package along with the hard and medium Pirelli tyre compounds.

“The team have done a great job to bring our upgrades here this weekend and whilst I could feel the impact immediately, it’s difficult to quantify how much of an improvement has been made at this early stage,” said Hamilton.

“After the first session this morning, I felt there was some good promise and the car was well-balanced but I was a little less happy in the different conditions this afternoon.

“We’ll keep working on it tonight [Friday] and see if we can make tomorrow [Saturday] a little better.”

Qualifying for the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix starts at 1pm on Saturday.

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