Bottas tops another close practice session at Imola as car fault stops Verstappen · RaceFans


Mercedes continued their sturdy begin to the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix weekend with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton setting the tempo in second follow.

Bottas, who was quickest in all three segments of qualifying at Imola final 12 months, topped each of right now’s one-hour classes. Within the second session of the day, the 2 Mercedes drivers initially set the tempo on medium tyres and for a very long time they have been greater than a second up on everybody else.

As was the case in Bahrain, the W12s have been little faster on the smooth compound. Bottas’s session-topping lap was set on the medium tyre, whereas Hamilton’s greatest was on the smooth compound, transferring him inside a hundredth of a second of his workforce mate.

Their closest rival after he switched to the smooth tyre was AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, who ended the session 0.078 seconds off Bottas’s benchmark and 0.068s behind Hamilton.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jnr and Charles Leclerc have been fourth and fifth, though they have been separated by over half a second after Leclerc’s quickest lap was deleted for a observe limits violation. He crashed at Rivazza Two with 4 minutes to go after making an attempt to appropriate a spin whereas looking for a lap time enchancment on the medium tyre. His error resulted within the session coming to an early finish.

Sergio Perez recovered from his crash in first follow to go sixth quickest for Pink Bull, eight thousandths of a second up on fellow Honda-powered driver Yuki Tsunoda within the second AlphaTauri. There was much less fortune for the second Pink Bull driver, as a suspected driveshaft failure brought on Max Verstappen’s automotive to cease on observe. That left him 14th on the timesheet with only a handful of laps accomplished, having misplaced worthwhile operating.

The highest 10 was accomplished by McLaren’s Lando Norris, Alfa Romeo’s house favorite Antonio Giovinazzi and Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll. Norris’ team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was solely 18th after he had his greatest lap time deleted for a observe limits infringement. The Haas drivers have been the slowest as they struggled with their automotive, although Nikita Mazepin at the very least managed a extra productive session after his two spins this morning.

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2021 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix second follow outcome

Second follow visible gaps

Valtteri Bottas – 1’15.551

+0.010 Lewis Hamilton – 1’15.561

+0.078 Pierre Gasly – 1’15.629

+0.283 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’15.834

+0.820 Charles Leclerc – 1’16.371

+0.860 Sergio Perez – 1’16.411

+0.868 Yuki Tsunoda – 1’16.419

+0.934 Lando Norris – 1’16.485

+0.962 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’16.513

+1.186 Lance Stroll – 1’16.737

+1.266 Esteban Ocon – 1’16.817

+1.272 Nicholas Latifi – 1’16.823

+1.284 Fernando Alonso – 1’16.835

+1.448 Max Verstappen – 1’16.999

+1.541 Sebastian Vettel – 1’17.092

+1.628 George Russell – 1’17.179

+1.722 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’17.273

+1.730 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’17.281

+1.799 Mick Schumacher – 1’17.350

+2.306 Nikita Mazepin – 1’17.857

Drivers extra then ten seconds off the tempo omitted.

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