Zandvoort, FP2: Ferrari score one-two as Hamilton brings out red flags

Ocon 3rd, Bottas 4th


By Olivier Ferret

3 September 2021 - 16:08
Zandvoort, FP2: Ferrari score (...)

Charles Leclerc beat Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz by just over 1500ths of a second to hand Ferrari a 1-2 result in the second practice session for the Dutch Grand Prix. Esteban Ocon finished third, but there was trouble for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton who stopped on track at Zandvoort with oil pressure problems, bringing out the red flags.

After a short delay to running the session got underway five minutes late with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas setting the early pace with a lap of 1:11.664. Hamilton’s first run yielded 1m11.911s and he climbed to second, but there his progress stopped, as on his second attempt he reported a sudden loss of power and pulled over at the edge of the track at Turn 8. The red flags were swiftly shown and the session was halted with just six minutes on the clock.

Mercedes later reported the issue to be an oil feed issue and Hamilton was restricted to the garage for the remainder of the session. He would finish in seventh place on the timesheet.

When running resumed, Sebastian Vettel turned his first laps of the session after lengthy repairs to cure an ERS issue that sidelined him for much of the first session. AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda was also back in action after exiting the morning session after just three laps due to a hydraulic leak that also caused a small fire.

With 30 minutes left Ocon bolted on soft tyres and jumped to the top of the order with a lap of 1:11.074.

Haas’ Nikita Mazepin then brought out the red flags for a second time when he lost the rear of his Haas on the entry to Turn 11 and beached the car in the gravel.

After a brief delay while his car was recovered, Ferrari moved to the top of the order and Leclerc’s time of 1:10.902 was good enough to seal P1 ahead of Sainz, with Ocon third ahead of Bottas. The morning’s quickest driver, Max Verstappen, finished fifth with a lap 1:11.264 that left him almost four tenths of a second behind Sainz. The Dutch driver spent most of the session focusing on race runs, however.

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso ended the session in sixth place ahead of AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, while McLaren’s Lando Norris finished eighth ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel.

01 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF21 1:10.902 29
02 Carlos Sainz Ferrari SF21 1:11.056 28
03 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A521 1:11.074 32
04 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W12 1:11.132 33
05 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RB16B 1:11.264 28
06 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault A521 1:11.280 30
07 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda AT02 1:11.462 29
08 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL35M 1:11.488 27
09 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41 1:11.678 30
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21 1:11.713 24
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W12 1:11.911 3
12 Sergio Pérez Red Bull Honda RB16B 1:11.946 27
13 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda AT02 1:12.096 31
14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21 1:12.136 29
15 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes MCL35M 1:12.157 25
16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41 1:12.206 31
17 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari VF-21 1:12.607 31
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW43B 1:12.610 27
19 Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari VF-21 1:12.835 12
20 George Russell Williams Mercedes FW43B 1:12.855 30

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