COTA, FP2: Hamilton on top in second practice in Austin ahead of Leclerc
Verstappen 3rd, Vettel 4th
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton went quickest in the second practice session for the United States Grand Prix, lapping three tenths of a second faster than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and third-placed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen
Leclerc led the way in the early part of the 90-minute session, with the Monegasque racer climbing to the top of the timesheet with a lap of 1:34.434 on medium compound Pirelli tyres as Hamilton restricted himself to the hard compound.
Prior to Leclerc’s table topper the opening phase session was briefly interrupted when Romain Grosjean crashed in Turn 5. The Haas driver lost control and arrowed into the barriers. The incident brought out the red flags while the Frenchman’s car was recovered.
Halfway through the session the field began to migrate to soft tyres for qualifying simulations and again it was Leclerc who initially set the pace with a time of 1:33.553, though the Ferrari driver might have gone quicker if not for a slightly slow final sector.
It was left to Hamilton to lead the way and just a couple of minutes after Leclerc has established the benchmark the Briton crossed the line in a 1:33.232 to beat the young Ferrari star by 0.301 with Verstappen 0.014s further back.
Sebastian Vettel was fourth in the second Ferrari, though the German was more than three tenths of a second slower than team-mate Leclerc and some 0.658s behind Hamilton. Valtteri Bottas was fifth in the second Mercedes, while Alex Albon finished sixth in the second Red Bull.
Best of the rest honours went to Pierre Gasly. The Frenchman couldn’t match the fourth pace he’d reached in the morning session but his lap of 1:34.509, 1.277 off Hamilton was good enough for seventh place and continued the Toro Rosso driver’s good start to the weekend.
Carlos Sainz took eighth place for McLaren 34, a little under two tenths behind Gasly, Lance Stroll was ninth for Racing Point and the final top-10 position went to Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi.
|01||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W10||1:33.232||34|
|02||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari SF90||1:33.533||33|
|03||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Honda RB15||1:33.547||28|
|04||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari SF90||1:33.890||35|
|05||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes W10||1:34.045||34|
|06||Alex Albon||Red Bull Honda RB15||1:34.434||32|
|07||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso Honda STR14||1:34.509||31|
|08||Carlos Sainz||McLaren Renault MCL34||1:34.667||34|
|09||Lance Stroll||Racing Point Mercedes RP19||1:34.744||29|
|10||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38||1:34.839||29|
|11||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault RS19||1:34.924||29|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso Honda STR14||1:34.975||36|
|13||Nico Hülkenberg||Renault RS19||1:34.988||32|
|14||Lando Norris||McLaren Renault MCL34||1:35.025||30|
|15||Sergio Pérez||Racing Point Mercedes RP19||1:35.109||26|
|16||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38||1:35.387||34|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari VF-19||1:35.442||28|
|18||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari VF-19||1:35.789||4|
|19||George Russell||Williams Mercedes FW42||1:36.749||37|
|20||Robert Kubica||Williams Mercedes FW42||1:37.283||33|