Qatar, FP2: Bottas quickest in second practice in Qatar

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By Olivier Ferret

19 November 2021 - 16:11
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Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas topped the timesheet in the second practice session at Qatar’s Losail circuit with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly second ahead of Max Verstappen. Lewis Hamilto finished fourth.

During the opening phase of the session, mostly run on medium tyres, Verstappen set the early pace with a lap of 1:24.285. AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda then went faster on a with a medium-tyre time of 1:24.233 before the championship leader jumped back to the top of the order with a lap of 1:23.743.

Hamilton and Bottas then each claimed top spot on mediums with the Briton going quickest with a 1:23.604 before his Finnish team-mate edged ahead thanks to a tour of 1:23.324.

The field then began to make the switch to soft tyres with Bottas posting a 1:23.154, However, that time was deleted for tracks limits, as Race Director Michael Masi has informed teams that any driver going off the purple and red kerbs at any corner would have the lap in question deleted.

Despite losing that time Bottas eventually put in a clean lap and he took P1 with a lap of 123.148s just after the session passed the halfway point.

Further back Hamilton grabbed third place while Gasly continued AlphaTauri’s impress early Losail form with a lap of 1:23.357. Sergio Pérez, though, backed out his flying lap after getting mired in traffic.

Verstappen then appeared for his qualifying simulation runs but on his first attempt the Dutch driver went wide in Turn 10 and finished 0.431s off Bottas. He returned to the pits and then made another attempt which moved him to third place as he closed to 0.350s behind the Finn.

With Hamilton fourth, fifth place went to McLaren’s Lando Norris with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll seventh ahead of the second AlphaTauri of Yuki Tsunoda. Pérez got in a flying lap to wind up eighth, 0.639s off Bottas. The Mexican lost track time, however, as his team worked to fix and issue with his DRS during the last 20 minutes. Sebastian Vettel, finished ninth and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz completed the top 10 order.

Haas’ Nikita Mazepin did not take part in the session after damaging his chassis on the kerbs in the first hour of practice.

Pos.DriverCarTimeLaps
01 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W12 1:23.148 27
02 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda AT02 1:23.357 27
03 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RB16B 1:23.498 20
04 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W12 1:23.570 25
05 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL35M 1:23.632 24
06 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21 1:23.705 26
07 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda AT02 1:23.735 28
08 Sergio Pérez Red Bull Honda RB16B 1:23.787 20
09 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21 1:24.020 27
10 Carlos Sainz Ferrari SF21 1:24.033 28
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A521 1:24.041 29
12 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault A521 1:24.056 25
13 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF21 1:24.095 23
14 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes MCL35M 1:24.135 24
15 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41 1:24.631 26
16 George Russell Williams Mercedes FW43B 1:24.954 27
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41 1:25.072 23
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW43B 1:25.209 28
19 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari VF-21 1:25.575 27
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari VF-21 -:—.--- 0

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