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Summary

  1. Rosberg fastest in second practice, Raikkonen 2nd, Hamilton 3rd, Vettel 4th
  2. Toro Rosso's Sainz finishes ahead of Red Bulls - Kvyat 15th
  3. Palmer suffers puncture
  4. Vettel fastest in first practice

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Right that's it from us for today. As always, I'll leave you with Andrew Benson's thoughts on practice, but we'll be back Saturday morning at 09:30 BST for final practice and then qualifying. Happy days.

Ta-ra.

So what's the verdict on driver swap?

Max Verstappen was within .181s of his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo while Daniil Kvyat was 1.2s off fellow Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz. 

Point proven as far as Red Bull are concerned?

Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews to the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix
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Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

"I don't think we have seen the best of Mercedes and I think we will see a bit more in qualifying when they wind up. What will be interesting will be with all the Red Bulls drivers. It might not be the order we all might think."  

FP2 result

11 Bottas 12 Button 13 Grosjean 14 Magnussen 15 Kvyat 16 Massa 17 Wehrlein 18 Haryanto 19 Nasr 20 Gutierrez 21 Ericsson 22 Palmer

FP2 Top 10

1 Rosberg 2 Raikkonen 3 Hamilton 4 Vettel 5 Sainz 6 Ricciardo 7 Alonso 8 Verstappen 9 Perez 10 Hulkenberg

Chequered flag

Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"Lewis Hamilton's Fridays this year have seemed to be a little bit more scrappy than they have been in previous seasons. We've seen a couple of spins this season, he's explored the limits of the track today. He has proven his speed over the weekend but certainly his Fridays have been scrappy."

Final minutes of the session with our drivers busy lapping out there, under the increasing clouds... #SpanishGP #FeelTheForce

After 21 laps on the soft tyres, Nico Rosberg pops in, slaps on some medium boots and heads back out for the final five minutes.

Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, is lapping around 1:30 on mediums.

Romain Grosjean is getting increasingly frustrated with his Haas as he turns the air blue over team radio.

"Something is happening guys, it is just undriveable," he says. "I think we BEEP up somewhere."

Romain Grosjean
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There’s actually a bit of rain coming down: but nothing that should bring the intermediates out. For now, anyway.

Jolyon Palmer's tyre
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Jolyon Palmer, making up for lost time after that puncture earlier, clocks 1:26.770 on the softs, putting him P17.

Rain in Spain

"We have a little bit of rain in Turn 4," reports Kimi Raikkonen.

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

"Jolyon Palmer has to get a quali sim and a long run in to get something out of this day. He only has 16 minutes."

Jolyon Palmer is back out and isn't messing about. He's got soft tyres on and gets stuck into a qualifying run.

.@JolyonPalmer is back out on track #SpanishGP #FP2

.@JolyonPalmer is back out on track #SpanishGP #FP2

And a pitstop for Kev all at the same time. #Yellow boots off, orange ones on. #FP2 #SpanishGP

And a pitstop for Kev all at the same time. #Yellow boots off, orange ones on. #FP2 #SpanishGP

The McLaren mechanics have earned their crust today. Dealing with problems for both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button and getting them both back out.

The fault on JB's car is rectified, so he fires up and heads out of the garage. #SpanishGP

The fault on JB's car is rectified, so he fires up and heads out of the garage. #SpanishGP

Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

"The tyre from Jolyon Palmer's Renault has been taken away, Pirelli will investigate what they think has happened, the team will investigate what they think has happened and then come to a conclusion. 

"Meanwhile, the wind has picked up."

Romain Grosjean is a bit tetchy today, isn't he?

"Hulkenberg ahead is on medium," he is told.

"I don't really care right now. The car is very, very, very difficult to drive."

I suppose that's a bit better than this morning, when he called the car "a disaster".

Romain Grosjean
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Also looking like making a reappearance is Jolyon Palmer. He's popping his lid on so he should be back out in the Renault any moment.

Repair work done, Fernando Alonso is back on the circuit. He's on mediums. The majority out on the track have the soft tyres on.

And with that, Fernando heads back out on track. #FP2

And with that, Fernando heads back out on track. #FP2

Just under 30mins to go in #FP2, Kev's going round in P13, 20 laps on board... What else... track temp 41c, air temp 19c... #LongRuns

Planks alot

Fernando Alonso had his brand-spanking new plank put on a little earlier in this session, but he's only gone and damaged it. He ran wide and onto astroturf a little earlier and he's back in the garage having another new plank put into place. 

As we head into long-run territory the top 10 is:

1) Ros 2) Rai 3) Ham 4) Vet 5) Sai 6) Ric 7) Alo 8) Ves 9) Per 10) Hul

Sebastian Vettel balaclava
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Sebastian Vettel, here, with the look of a man who has just realised he's left the hob on.

Lewis Hamilton cracks on with his first soft tyre run today. Personal bests through the first two sectors but it's not enough to usurp Nico Rosberg as he goes third quickest, half a second slower than Kimi Raikkonen, who is P2. Looks like he fluffed it in the final sector.

A little update follows that initial message as Ferrari confirm a "fuel system problem" with Kimi Raikkonen's car.

Kimi Raikkonen
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"Slow down Kimi, slow down Kimi. We may have an issue."

Kimi Raikkonen swiftly obliges.

Get involved #bbcf1

#bbcf1 Strange to give softs to Nico and not Lewis when Lewis has been the quicker of the two.

We’ve got most drivers out on the soft tyres now; best-placed medium tyre runner is Max Verstappen. Hamilton still to switch to soft.

And, quelle surprise, it is P1 for Nico Rosberg. It's a 1:23.922, two tenths quicker than Kimi Raikkonen.

Nico Rosberg
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Mercedes on softs alert!

For the first time today, we are seeing the championship leaders give the yellow-walled tyres a go with Nico Rosberg on a soft-tyre run.

Imagine, after all the palaver about Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen swapping seats, that the Toro Rossos actually end up faster than the Red Bulls this weekend.

Of course it IS only practice, but that's the scenario at the moment. 

Carlos Sainz is currently third fastest with 1:25.131 with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen fourth and fifth quickest.

We haven't seen what Verstappen can do in this session with yellow boots on, though.

Sebastian Vettel is out for a run on softs. His lap is compromised by what Jack Nicholls described on commentary as "a lairy moment". 

Take two coming up.

As we thought, there’s a difference of just over a second between the medium and the soft compounds #SpanishGP

Marcus and Felipe are back from their run on medium tyres - next stint: high-fuel run #F1 #FP2 #SpanishGP

New plank for Fernando

Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

"Fernando Alonso is having a set up change. He's getting a new plank, which goes underneath the car. With Jenson, they are still not quite sure what happened but the bodywork is going back on. Whatever the problem was let's hope it was a short-lived one."

Back to work for Kev & he's getting lots of time on t'telly. Especially the rear part of the car. Can't think why...

Back to work for Kev & he's getting lots of time on t'telly. Especially the rear part of the car. Can't think why...

As a Yorkshireman, I approve of the use of "t'telly" here.

The K-Mag is out for a rumble around the circuit, soft tyres on, and he slots in eighth with 1:26.244.

.@JensonButton is pushed back to @McLarenF1 garage after his engine cuts out at entry to pit lane #FP2 #SpanishGP

.@JensonButton is pushed back to @McLarenF1 garage after his engine cuts out at entry to pit lane #FP2 #SpanishGP