COTA, FP2: Leclerc quickest in session defined by tyre testing

Bottas 2nd, Ricciardo 3rd


By Franck Drui

22 October 2022 - 01:44
COTA, FP2: Leclerc quickest in (...)

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc topped the timesheet in a second practice session for the 2022 FIA United States Grand Prix in which lap times were rendered largely meaning as drivers tested 2023 tyre compounds.

Leclerc, along with second-placed Valtteri Bottas and third-placed Daniel Ricciardo sat out the earlier session to make way for rookie drivers and therefore were allowed to run 2022 tyres as well as next year’s test tyres as they got their first taste of the track this weekend in the second session. The regular running for 35 minutes of the 90 specified allowed the trio to claim the session’s top spots.

Bottas, on 2022 medium tyres, set the early pace with a lap of 1:40.655 before Ricciardo moved to P1 with a lap of 1:40.474 also set on mediums. Leclerc then went quicker still, on this year’s soft tyres, to take top sport with a lap of 1:38.856. The Monegasque driver then topped his own P1 time with a lap of 1:37.614. The Ferrari driver headed back to the pit lane, switched to medium tyres and posted the session’s quickest lap of 1:36.810s as the 15-minute mark arrived.

Behind Leclerc, Bottas switch from mediums to 2022 softs and took second place, 0.715s behind the Ferrari driver as Ricciardo, following a similar plan to the Alfa Romeo driver, posted a best lap of 1:37.627 to take third.

Behind them, Carlos Sainz in the other Ferrari was the quickest of the drivers who solely ran test tyres headed the drivers that only ran the new prototype compounds. Sainz was followed by Haas’ Mick Schumacher, McLaren’s Lando Norris and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and the second Red Bull of Sergio Pérez rounding out the top 10.

01 Charles Leclerc Ferrari F1-75 1:36.810 37
02 Valtteri Bottas Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:37.525 37
03 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes MCL36 1:37.627 40
04 Carlos Sainz Ferrari F1-75 1:38.232 26
05 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:39.507 26
06 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL36 1:39.547 26
07 Max Verstappen Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:39.575 26
08 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W13 1:39.698 26
09 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 1:39.840 26
10 Sergio Perez Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:39.852 26
11 Kevin Magnussen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:40.084 24
12 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 1:40.178 26
13 George Russell Mercedes W13 1:40.562 26
14 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:40.664 26
15 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:40.806 26
16 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A522 1:41.310 26
17 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault A522 1:41.334 26
18 Alex Albon Williams Mercedes FW44 1:41.853 26
19 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:41.857 26
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW44 1:42.317 26

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