Verstappen edges out Bottas in FP2


Forward of right this moment’s second observe session the air temperature is 27 levels C, whereas the observe temperature is 48 levels.

Having handed his automotive over to check and reserve Roy Nissany earlier, George Russell is again within the second Williams this afternoon.

Valtteri Bottas was quickest in a scrappy morning session, edging out teammate Lewis Hamilton and the 2 Purple Bull drivers.

Whereas there have been no incidents worthy of a pink flag, there have been loads of offs and close to misses, the results of the wind – not for nothing is the principle straight referred to as Mistral – and overenthusiasm.

Whereas drivers do not need to take care of the partitions and boundaries encountered on the final two tracks, the run-offs and kerbs right here may be equally unforgiving.

The pitlane opens as Raikkonen leads the way in which, adopted by Russell, Vettel, Latifi and Stroll, as in FP1 all three compounds look like in use.

Mazepin complains of “lumps” in his seat.

Giovinazzi posts 35.522, however moments later Bottas posts a much more smart 32.880. Verstappen goes second with a 33.882, like Bottas he’s on the yellow-banded rubber.

“There’s one thing taking pictures ahead within the cockpit,” reviews Vettel, “it simply touched my foot.”

In fast succession, Tsunoda, Norris and Sainz run huge in Flip 6.

A 33.289 sees Hamilton go second, 0.409s down on his teammate.

A spin for Mazepin at Flip 15, the ultimate nook earlier than the pit straight.

The VSC is briefly deployed as Verstappen runs huge and loses a bit of his entrance wing.

“We’re just a little wanting carbonfibre,” Purple Bull’s Jonathan Wheatley tells race director Michael Masi, “can we get it again after the session?”

Bottas switches to the softs as do Vettel and Stroll.

Sainz runs huge in Flip 4, the Spaniard having made a variety of such errors right this moment.

Regardless of going quickest in S2, Bottas loses time within the two remaining sectors and consequently fails to enhance.

Perez and Ocon, at the moment fourth and fifth, swap to the softs.

Regardless of PBs within the opening sectors, Perez additionally fails to enhance, not like Ocon who goes third with a 33.821.

Whereas Hamilton’s 33.125 closes to inside 0.245s of his teammate, it’s clear the drivers are struggling for grip.

“One thing’s not proper with the automotive,” reviews Hamilton, who, bear in mind, is utilizing Bottas’ Baku chassis.

Quickest within the first and remaining sectors and among the many final to change to softs, Verstappen goes quickest with a 32.872.

“Not too dangerous,” he reviews, at which level he’s informed to pit.

Alonso goes fourth and Raikkonen sixth, proving there may be life in these previous canines but.

PBS in all three sectors see Leclerc enhance to fifth (33.550).

“I almost hit the Haas,” reviews Perez as he finds a sure Russian driver gently cruising on the racing line.

Clearly sad with the softs, Hamilton switches to mediums, as does Verstappen.

By the way, the Bulls, Pierre Gasly and the Alpine pair all have new energy models this weekend.

As was the case within the earlier two occasions, Ricciardo is talked by means of a lap, suggested the place he’s dropping out and the way he can enhance.

A mistake within the remaining nook for Hamilton, because the drivers proceed their lengthy runs. All twenty drivers are on observe.

Bottas is round 0.8s faster than his teammate.

“Lack of rear grip,” reviews Verstappen as he runs huge in Flip 6.

On hards, Alonso is informed he’s doing a “good job” in comparison with a few of the medium runners. The Spaniard is at the moment fourth.

The session ends as Jonathan Wheatley, very similar to Ron Meadows at Mercedes, continues to harangue Michael Masi over the sausage kerbs… with little success.

The session ends. Verstappen is quickest, forward of Bottas, Hamilton, Alonso, Leclerc, Ocon, Gasly, Sainz, Raikkonen and Norris.

Giovinazzi is eleventh, forward of Perez, Tsunoda, Ricciardo, Vettel, Stroll, Russell, Latifi, Schumacher and Mazepin.


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