Turkey, FP2: Verstappen continues to set the pace at low-grip Istanbul Park

Leclerc 2nd, Bottas 3rd


By Olivier Ferret

13 November 2020 - 14:41
Turkey, FP2: Verstappen continues (...)

After topping the morning timesheet at Istanbul Circuit, Max Verstappen repeated his P1 performance in the second practice session for Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix as drivers once again struggled with a lack of grip on the resurfaced track.

Verstappen set an FP2 benchmark of 1:28.330 to eclipse Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by four tenths of a second. Valtteri Bottas was third, with Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton fourth, over eight tenths of a second off the pace. Verstappen’s best time was still more than three seconds off Sebastian Vettel’s pole time in 2011, the last time F1 visited this circuit.

On medium tyres, Bottas set the early pace taking P1 with a time of 1:38.443 and then steadily lowering the bar 1:34.940. Verstappen eventually moved ahead, though, the Dutchman also using medium tyres to set a lap of 1:32.836. The Red Bull Racing driver’s team-mate Alex Albon then took the top spot by almost a second and the Thai drive dropped the P1 time further still with a lap of 1:30.872.

Shortly before thee half-hour mark drivers began to make the move to soft tyres and with around 40 minutes gone Leclerc went quickest on a 1m30.751. Ten minutes later Albon moved ahead with a lap of 1:29.363.

Mercedes then made their move to the red-banded rubber, eventually demoting Albon to fifth, and Verstappen too went out on the soft tyres. The Dutch driver took top spot with a tour of 1:28.984, before being outpacedf by Leclerc, but the Red Bull man stayed out for a long run on soft compounds tyres during which he set the best time of the day.

Albon fineshed ahead of AlphaTauri pair Kvyat and Pierre Gasly, with Vettel and Lance Stroll taking eighth and ninth. Lando Norris, who completed a long run on the hard tyres in the opening phase of the session, rounded out the top 10.

01 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RB16 1:28.330 37
02 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF1000 1:28.731 45
03 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W11 1:28.905 42
04 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W11 1:29.180 39
05 Alex Albon Red Bull Honda RB16 1:29.363 42
06 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda AT01 1:29.689 42
07 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda AT01 1:29.944 43
08 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari SF1000 1:30.022 41
09 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes RP20 1:30.297 37
10 Lando Norris McLaren Renault MCL35 1:30.907 39
11 Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes RP20 1:31.104 38
12 Esteban Ocon Renault RS20 1:31.380 36
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari C39 1:31.493 39
14 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault MCL35 1:31.498 40
15 Daniel Ricciardo Renault RS20 1:31.872 35
16 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C39 1:31.932 43
17 George Russell Williams Mercedes FW43 1:32.302 39
18 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari VF-20 1:32.570 33
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-20 1:32.807 37
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW43 1:33.488 40

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