Carlos Sainz banged in the quickest time before lunch as McLaren led the timing sheets once again. His 1:17.144 was set on the C4s. The home hero also caused a red flag early in the day as he stopped on track due to a loss of water pressure.
Sebastian Vettel ended up 2nd fastest, but that was overshadowed by a big crash at turn 3. As the German turned into the corner, the car had some kind of failure and he went straight into the barriers. Ferrari described it as a ‘’mechanical problem.’’
Vettel got the all-clear at the medical centre. After a 40-minute delay, the session resumed.
Verstappen, Bottas, Kvyat, Raikkonen, Perez, Kubica, Grosjean and Ricciardo completed the order of the morning runners.
Valtteri Bottas did 75 laps after only completing 7 yesterday because of an oil pressure problem. Ricciardo and Verstappen followed closely behind the Finn after putting 72 and 69 laps on the board respectively.
Driver swaps took place at Mercedes and Renault for the afternoon as Hamilton and Hulkenberg got a turn to drive. Charles Leclerc only got out to do an installation lap in the final ten minutes for Ferrari following Vettel's major shunt in the morning.
The teams focused on long runs for the vast majority of the afternoon. There would be some improvements, however.
Raikkonen, Grosjean, Kvyat, Perez and Hulkenberg all improved their times as they went on some quick runs during the final hour.
Sainz’s time from the morning remained the quickest time of the day. Perez, Vettel, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Verstappen, Kvyat, Bottas, Hamilton, Hulkenberg, Kubica and Ricciardo rounded out the running order.
It was an almost incident free few hours and there were no red flags. Max Verstappen did spin into the gravel in the final sector, but the young Dutchman got out of it and continued on without any damage to the car.
Renault, Mercedes, Verstappen, Raikkonen, Sainz, Grosjean, Kubica and Kvyat all finished with over 100 laps on the board.