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Lewis Hamilton leaves his rivals playing catch-up in Spain

By Staff Reporter

Lewis Hamilton enjoyed a dominant second practice ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix as the reigning world champion outclassed his opposition.

The Briton (pictured) had narrowly lost out to Mercedes team-mate and closest title challenger Nico Rosberg in yesterday's first session but hit back later in the day.

Hamilton's time of one minute 26.852 seconds was over four-tenths of a second quicker than the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, who beat fellow German Rosberg into third place.

Rosberg, who also received a reprimand in the morning after making a late call to pit and taking the incorrect route, could not get close to Hamilton, with the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen the only other car to get within a second of the championship leader.

The session was stopped briefly after the Lotus of Romain Grosjean spectacularly shed a large portion of bodywork on the main straight.

There was a stronger showing from McLaren, with Jenson Button setting the seventh-quickest time and Fernando Alonso going 11th ahead of today's qualifying.

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