Sao Paulo, FP2: Ocon tops second practice at Interlagos
Ahead of Pérez and Russell
Alpine F1’s Esteban Ocon went quickest in the final practice session for the 2022 FIA Formula 1 São Paulo Grand Prix beating Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez by almost two tenths of a second as George Russell finished third.
With qualifying completed yesterday and all eyes on Saturday afternoon’s Sprint, the second hour of practice was a relatively quiet affair with longer runs and race preparation dominating proceedings.
Russell led the way for some time during the opening phase of the session with the Mercedes used soft tyres to post a lap of 1:15.115. He then lowered his own benchmark by two tenths of a second to sit half a second clear of Pérez, who was running on hard compound Pirelli tyres. But with little attention being paid to lap time the positions were not significant, with World Champion Max Verstappen down in twelth place for much of the opening phase.
Ocon then took on a set of soft tyres and he claimed top spot ahead of Russell with a lap time of 1:14.604. Hamilton climbed to third place on softs, lapping two tenths of a second off his teammate.
With 20 minutes remaining Pérez and Verstappen moved to scrubbed softs and Pérez took P2 while Verstappen went fourth to split the Mercedes. Alpine’s Fernando Alonso popped up with a lap of 1:15.409 to edge ahead of Verstappen.
That ended the improvements and with Verstappen fifth at the flag, sixth place went to Hamilton, with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly seventh ahead of the Haas pairing of Mick Schumacher in P8 and Kevin Magnussen who scored the first pole position of his career on Friday. McLaren’s Lando Norris completed the top 10 ahead of Carlos Sainz as the Spanish driver’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc finished 13th.
|01||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault A522||1:14.604||28|
|02||Sergio Perez||Red Bull RBPT RB18||1:14.788||36|
|03||George Russell||Mercedes W13||1:14.916||31|
|04||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault A522||1:15.049||29|
|05||Max Verstappen||Red Bull RBPT RB18||1:15.098||30|
|06||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W13||1:15.137||33|
|07||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri RBPT AT03||1:15.636||32|
|08||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari VF-22||1:15.684||40|
|09||Kevin Magnussen||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42||1:15.815||38|
|10||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes MCL36||1:15.851||25|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Ferrari F1-75||1:15.856||38|
|12||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri RBPT AT03||1:15.865||32|
|13||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari F1-75||1:15.868||37|
|14||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren Mercedes MCL36||1:15.994||28|
|15||Valtteri Bottas||Haas Ferrari VF-22||1:16.047||34|
|16||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes FW44||1:16.181||34|
|17||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22||1:16.263||43|
|18||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22||1:16.400||44|
|19||Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42||1:16.468||37|
|20||Logan Sargeant||Williams Mercedes FW44||1:16.480||28|