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Live Reporting

Victoria Turner

All times stated are UK

  1. That's it from me!

    Thank you for joining me this afternoon for the two free practice sessions, which saw Mercedes dominate once again on the opening day of the Spanish Grand Prix.

    And don't forget coverage continues on the BBC Sport website tomorrow, with build up to FP3 at 10:30 BST and the all important qualifying, which gets underway at 14:00 BST.

    If you want to read all about today's track action, then click here.

    Hope you all have a fantastic evening!

  2. 'The track is awesome'

    Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton speaking to Sky Sports said: "It has been a good start to the weekend and the track is awesome, it looks close, but it looks like we have got decent pace there.

    "Once we have analysed these two sessions, we can hopefully have a better set-up for tomorrow."

    Hamilton is seeking a 100th career pole position this weekend.

  3. Post update

    Fast Friday indeed for Alpha Tauri with both drivers well within the top ten times in the second free practice session.

    Pierre Gasly ended the afternoon in P6.

    Yuki Tsunoda finished the day seventh fastest.

    I am really looking forward to seeing what this team can do tomorrow!

    View more on twitter
  4. 'Our best Friday so far'

    Team principal and CEO at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, speaking to Sky Sports: "That was good and I think that was our best Friday so far, so pretty encouraging and now we have 24 hours to screw it up."

  5. Post update

    A lot of eyes were on Red Bull going into this race weekend but both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were unable to improve on their times in FP2, as they left it too late to go out on the soft compound tyres.

    Verstappen ended the afternoon in P9 with a 1:18.785.

    Perez lapped a 1:18.918 which placed him tenth on the timesheets.

  6. Advantage Mercedes

    With Valtteri Bottas clocking the fastest time in the first free practice session, followed by Lewis Hamilton setting the pace in FP2 - could this be, once again, a dominant Mercedes performance at the Spanish GP this weekend?

    Hamilton has won every race at this track since 2017...

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  7. Post update

    I know I have been saying this throughout most of the afternoon, but what an impressive session for the Alpine team.

    Esteban Ocon putting down a 1:18.466.

    With home town hero, Fernando Alonso ending the day fifth quickest after a 1:18.518 lap.

    View more on twitter
  8. FP2 - full result

    After the 60 minute session the top 20 ended like this:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Bottas
    3. Leclerc
    4. Ocon
    5. Alonso
    6. Gasly
    7. Tsunoda
    8. Sainz
    9. Verstappen
    10. Perez
    11. Vettel
    12. Norris
    13. Giovinazzi
    14. Stroll
    15. Ricciardo
    16. Raikkonen
    17. Russell
    18. Latifi
    19. Schumacher
    20. Mazepin
  9. Chequered flag

    Hamilton goes quickest

    It is Lewis Hamilton who finishes the afternoon as the fastest driver in the final practice session of the day, with a 1:18.170.

    (I know the track has slightly changed since 2020, with that modification to Turn Ten, but Hamilton's pole lap was 1:15.584 last year, can he go even faster in qualifying tomorrow?)

  10. Post update

    So with two minutes remaining, Verstappen and Perez have come out of the pits and have emerged with soft tyres on their Red Bulls.

    We should see an improvement in lap times...

  11. Get Involved

    #bbcf1

    Stoo G: If Jolyon Palmer wants to get his question about blossom in, Gardeners' Question Time gets underway on Radio 4 right as BBCF1 comes to an end.

    Richard Smith: Best treatment for hay fever, Natural raw honey, preferably from bees near to your location. 1tsp per day.

    Loving the hay fever tips, thank you, will try that Richard!

  12. Post update

    So the top three remains the same with five minutes remaining, it's Hamilton, Bottas and Leclerc.

    But all that could change... watch this space!

  13. Get Involved

    #bbcf1

    Roxy: Isn't it the trees around the circuit around turns 2 and 3?

    Rob Colley: Yes where does "blossom" come from, the big question.

    Ambrose Shepherd: Probably comes from the trees. Certain trees give off a lot, here in the UK too. Signed, an ex-hay fever sufferer.

    I am a fellow hay fever sufferer so I feel your pain!

  14. Post update

    So Hamilton and Bottas has completed more laps than anyone else so far - it is 25 laps a piece for both Mercedes drivers.

  15. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    I remember standing in the pit land once and I thought it was snowing – the blossom was so thick!

    There must be some orchids around that section, but this is one of the things I noticed about Lewis Hamilton…

    He suffers quite badly from hay fever and his eyes tend to go sometimes, and the Spanish Grand Prix is one of the circuits it can happen.

    And it’s bizarre – because it’s one of the races he’s most successful at! So he’s obviously got a good remedy for hay fever.

  16. Post update

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    There's a lot of blossom that comes onto the main start-finish straight in Barcelona. It looks like a light snow at times. Where is that coming from? Where does blossom come from?!

    Forget the tapas question, now THIS is the most important question of the day!

  17. Ten minutes remaining!

    So let's have a look at the top ten fastest cars:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Bottas
    3. Leclerc
    4. Ocon
    5. Alonso
    6. Gasly
    7. Tsunoda
    8. Sainz
    9. Verstappen
    10. Perez
  18. Mercedes dominance at the Spanish GP

    Well Mercedes certainly like this track and the stats don't lie!

    Hamilton has won every Spanish GP since 2017 (and before that came the blip in 2016) but even before that, Mercedes were winners in 2014 and 2015 too.

    But can Hamilton win his fifth consecutive Spanish GP race? We will find out on Sunday.

    Lewis Hamilton at the Spanish GP
    Image caption: Hamilton was P3 in the first free practice today
  19. Alpine edging ever closer...

    This team have been so quick during FP2.

    Ocon is holding on firm to his P4 spot on the timing screens, with 16 minutes left to the final session of the day.

    And Alonso is less than a tenth off Ocon's pace and is currently fifth fastest overall.