Abu Dhabi, FP2: Hamilton tops second practice at Yas Marina
As Verstappen finishes fourth and Räikkönen crashes
Lewis Hamilton went quickest in second practice for Formula 1’s championship showdown at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit, with the seven-time champion finishing ahead of Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton’s title rival Max Verstappen finished fourth, more than six tenths of behind the Briton as Kimi Raïkkönen crashed heavily in the final moments of the session.
Bottas set the early pace on medium tyres with a lap of 1:25.339. McLaren’s Lando Norris, on soft tyres, then took over in P1 with a time of 1:25.153, before Hamilton moved to the top of the order with a lap of 1:25.127.
After a slight lull, during which Norris briefly moved back to P1, Hamilton found more pace and retook P1 with a lap of 1:24.943 before working down to best of 1:24.126 as the firstr quarter of the hour passed. Hamilton’s best time put him nearly a second clear of Verstappen who had a lap deleted for exceeding track limits.
There was a nervouse moment for Bottas when his clipped the wall on the exit of Turn 14 but he was able to return to the pits to have the damage assessed.
The Finn soon retunred to the action on soft tyres but he was unable to better Hamilton’s medium tyres time, ending up 0.146s adrift. Bottas made another attempt, however, took top spot with a lap of 1:24.083.
Hamilton and Verstappen then appeared on the softs, but neither was able to better Bottas’ time. Ocon then delivered a surprise by posting a lao of 1:24.034 to take P1 for Alpine.
Verstappen went for anther lap but again couldn’t find sufficient pace. Hamilton made two further attempts and after falling short on his second attempt his third of 1:23.691 at last netted him P1 That put him 0.343s clear of Ocon, with Bottas 0.392s back and Verstappen down by 0.641s.
Sergio Pérez finished fifth in the second Red Bull, ahead of Alpine’s Fernando Alonso AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, the Ferrari cars of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz and the second AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly.
With just over one minute left on the clock Räikkönen crashed. The Finn lost the rear of his car in Turn 14 and he slide into the barriers severely damaging both ends of his Alfa Romeo. The session was red-flagged and was not restarted.
|01||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W12||1:23.691||26|
|02||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault A521||1:24.02934||29|
|03||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes W12||1:24.083||29|
|04||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Honda RB16B||1:24.332||25|
|05||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull Honda RB16B||1:24.400||26|
|06||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault A521||1:24.495||27|
|07||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri Honda AT02||1:24.532||26|
|08||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari SF21||1:24.557||29|
|09||Carlos Sainz||Ferrari SF21||1:24.844||29|
|10||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri Honda AT02||1:24.940||27|
|11||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren Mercedes MCL35M||1:24.959||26|
|12||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41||1:25.108||27|
|13||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes MCL35M||1:25.153||27|
|14||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21||1:25.195||27|
|15||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21||1:25.385||26|
|16||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41||1:25.440||23|
|17||Geroge Russell||Williams Mercedes FW43B||1:25.549||29|
|18||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes FW43B||1:25.687||22|
|19||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari VF-21||1:25.784||27|
|20||Nikita Mazepin||Haas Ferrari VF-21||1:26.336||26|