The Williams’ of Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima once again showed quick practice form in fourth and fifth, while Force India’s Adrian Sutil made great use of his car’s upgrades to round the day out in seventh.
Lewis Hamilton ended first practice in third, but span in the second and damaged his car, which stayed in the garage for the rest of the day.
The latter prompting a wag on Twitter to ask: ‘Is Badoer driving a show car?’
And certainly no one suggested Alonso ran light at the end of the session to get the quickest time, in front of his home Spanish crowd…
So how do you think it’s going to stack up tomorrow in qualifying? I think we’re in for a tussle between Lewis, Alonso and Vettel at the front. But you can never count Button out if he gets comfy with his car, so expect him to be a factor during the race.
Check out the full results from today’s practice sessions at BBC Sport.