Nico Rosberg will be hoping to grab his first pole of the season after matching his teammate for pace during FP1 and FP2 Getty

The F1 juggernaut arrived in Spain for the first European race of the season but everything else remained the same.

It was the Mercedes drivers leading the way with the Ferraris the best of the rest. The Woking-based team seems to still hold about a half a second advantage over the Maranello group. But it is likely Mercedes are yet to show their true potential.

The Spanish Grand Prix is one of the hardest races of the season, with high G-forces and hot conditions to deal with.

Where to watch live

The third free practice session begins on 9 May at 10am BST, while the qualifying session starts at 1pm BST. Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD will provide live coverage of both events in the UK.

Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website.

Practice review

It was Mercedes leading the way yet again with Nico Rosberg in front in the first practice session, with Lewis Hamilton taking over in the second.

The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were behind the leading constructor but the German driver did manage to split the Mercedes drivers in the second session.

The Toro Rosso's looked good in both the sessions, with both drivers finishing in the top 10.

The McLaren-Honda team have clearly made a step forward and Jenson Button surprised everyone by finishing seventh in the second session. It looks like the Mercedes cars are capable of challenging the midfield runners and if everything goes their way, it looks like they could score their first points of the season.

The Williams team as usual did not show their true hand and will turn up their engines for the third practice session and qualifying. But they will have competition from the Red Bull cars, who are supposedly running an updated Renault engine.

However, that did not help Daniel Ricciardo, who spent most of session two in the garage with an engine problem and only came out with 10 minutes to go. But the other, Daniil Kvyat in the second car, showed good pace to finish just behind the Ferrari of Raikkonen.

Top 10 results of the second practice session from the Circuit De Catalunya, Barcelona

  1. LC Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1'26.852
  2. S Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1'27.260
  3. N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1'27.616
  4. KM Räikkönen (FIN) Ferrari 1'27.943
  5. D Kvyat (RUS) Red Bull 1'27.260
  6. M Verstappen (NED) Toro Rosso 1'28.017
  7. J Button (GBR) McLaren 1'28.494
  8. V Bottas (FIN) Williams 1'28.525
  9. C Sainz (SPA) Toro Rosso 1'28.674
  10. F Massa (BRA) Williams 1'28.712