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COTA, FP2: Pérez tops second practice at COTA ahead of Norris, Hamilton

Bottas 4th, Ricciardo 5th


By Olivier Ferret

22 October 2021 - 23:10
COTA, FP2: Pérez tops second practice at

Sergio Pérez set the fastest lap of second practice for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, beating McLaren’s Lando Norris by more than two tenths of a second. Lewis Hamilton was third, with title leader Max Verstappen eight after encountering traffic on his qualifying simulation.

Once again run in hot conditions, the session got underway with most drivers using the hard compound tyres. Valtteri Bottas moved to medium tyres, however, and he jumped to the top of the order with a lap of 1:38.887s. Pérez then took over thanks to a time of 1:35.883 and which he eventually lowered to 1:35.716 as the session reached the 15-minute mark.

The field then began to switch to soft tyres for their qualifying simulations, with Bottas being the first main mover. The Finn posted a time of 1:35.360s to reclaim top spot.

Pérez moved ahead again though with his time of 1:35.310 and Norris took second place with a lap of 1:35.203.

Hamilton might have moved well clear with a lap of 1:34.842 but he went over the track limits in the penultimate corner and had the time deleted. The Mercedes driver continued, however, and he posted a best effort of 1:35.310 to take third place.

Verstappen meanwhile failed to put in a quick lap on soft tyres after he was released into traffic. He abandoned the lap, vented his frustration on the radio and pitted. He ended the session in P8.

Earlier in the session, there was a moment of tension between title rivals Verstappen and Hamilton who had raced side by side from the final corner to Turn 1 with neither willing to back off. Verstappen was told by Red Bull to “ignore" Hamilton’s actions but consoled himself with a gesture towards the Mercedes man as he accelerated away.

At the flag, Bottas took fourth ahead of McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, with Stroll sixth ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Verstappen. The top 10 was rounded out by Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi rounded out the top 10.

01 Sergio Pérez Red Bull Honda RB16B 1:34.946 24
02 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL35M 1:35.203 20
03 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W12 1:35.310 22
04 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W12 1:35.360 24
05 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes MCL35M 1:35.457 21
06 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21 1:35.561 25
07 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF21 1:35.572 23
08 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RB16B 1:35.824 23
09 Carlos Sainz Ferrari SF21 1:35.919 24
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41 1:36.138 26
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A521 1:36.158 23
12 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda AT02 1:36.242 25
13 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault A521 1:36.376 18
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41 1:36.558 25
15 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21 1:36.718 30
16 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda AT02 1:36.983 24
17 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari VF-21 1:37.041 24
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW43B 1:37.254 26
19 George Russell Williams Mercedes FW43B 1:37.490 21
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari VF-21 1:38.026 23

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