Istanbul, FP2: Hamilton quickest again in Turkey
Verstappen finishes in fifth place in second practice
Lewis Hamilton went quickest for the second practice session in a row in Istanbul, beating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by just under two tenths of a second as Max Verstappen finished in fifth place over half a second off the pace.
Leclerc led the way on medium tyres at the beginning of the session but he was soon deposed by team-mate Carlos Sainz who set a benchmark of 1:25.819 using softs tyres. Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez then moved ahead on mediums with a lap of 1:25.278 before Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas claimed top spot with a medium-tyre lap of 1m25.199. Leclerc moved to back to the top but Pérez brought the first phase of the session to a close with a new best time of 1:24.102.
There was a brief as cars returned to the pit lane to make the swich to soft tyres for qualifying runs.
Hamilton was the first of the frontrunners to make his move and he quickest with a time of 1:23.804. Leclerc then slotted into second place, finishing just 0.166s slower than the seven-time champion. Bottas then took third, while Perez finished fourth, half a second adrift.
Verstappen, though, continued to struggle with the understeer that had hampered his morning session and snaps of oversteer in mid-corner and on exit.
His first lap on softs left him almost nine tenths of a second off Hamilton’s pace and though his next flying closed the gap to 0.635s he will have plenty of work to do overnight to find a competitive balance for his car.
Lando Norris took sixth for McLaren, with Fernando Alonso seventh for Alpine. The Spaniard finished marginally ahead of team-mate Esteban Ocon while AlhphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly took P9 ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi.
At the end of the session Ocon went to the grid for a practice start but after stopping he was unable to select a gear and his car has to be recovered by marshals.
|01||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W12||1:23.804||30|
|02||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari SF21||1:23.970||2929|
|03||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes W12||1:24.214||31|
|04||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull Honda RB16B||1:24.373||28|
|05||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Honda RB16B||1:24.439||27|
|06||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes MCL35M||1:24.525||24|
|07||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault A521||1:24.660||21|
|08||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault A521||1:24.672||26|
|09||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri Honda AT02||1:24.756||32|
|10||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41||1:24.796||29|
|11||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri Honda AT02||1:24.882||30|
|12||Carlos Sainz||Ferrari SF21||1:24.903||34|
|13||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21||1:25.020||31|
|14||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren Mercedes MCL35M||1:25.060||23|
|15||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41||1:25.143||27|
|16||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21||1:25.229||30|
|17||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes FW43B||1:25.307||30|
|18||George Russell||Williams Mercedes FW43B||1:25.358||29|
|19||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari VF-21||1:25.480||26|
|20||Nikita Mazepin||Haas Ferrari VF-21||1:25.698||25|