Zandvoort, FP2: Norris tops FP2 ahead of Verstappen

As Piastri and Ricciardo crash

By Franck Drui

25 August 2023 - 17:16
Zandvoort, FP2: Norris tops FP2 (…)

Lando Norris went quickest in the second practice session for this weekend’s 2023 FIA Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix, with the McLaren driver beating championship leader Max Verstappen by a little over two hundredths of a second in session that was halted when Norris’ team-mate Oscar Piastri and AlhaTauri’s Daniel Ricciardo crashed in Turn 3, with Ricciardo being taken to hospital for checks on a possible hand injury.

Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez set the pace in the early minutes of the session on Medium tyres, first with a lap of 1:12.750 and then with an improved time of 1m12.644 that returned him to the top following a brief stint in P1 for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen then moved ahead with a lap of 1:12.449, also on Medium tyres, but then the red flags came out as Australian drivers Piastri and Ricciardo suffered separate incidents in Turn 3. Piastri lost control of the rear of McLaren and slid up the banking into the barriers where he shipped front suspension damage. Ricciardo, apparently unsettled by the incident ahead of him, lost control of his AlphaTauri and speared into the barriers just behind the McLaren.

Both divers were soon out of their cars but Ricciardo, clutching his left hand, was taken to the medical centre and then to hospital for checks.

When running resumed, Pérez switched to Soft compound Pirelli tyres and movede back to P1 with a lap of 1:11.946. Alex Albon, who had run well to fifth in the opening session, then claimed P2 with lap just 0.001s off the Mexican’s headline time.

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, making up for missing the entire opening session due to a power unit issue, then moved ahead of both, before he was displaced by Alpine’s Pierre Gasly and then by Hamilton, who in turn was beaten by Norris who posted a lap of 1:11.330.

Verstappen couldn’t match that pace and his effort left him more than two tenths off the McLaren driver. The Dutchman went again and closed the gap but he still found himself 0.023s adrift of Norris, just after Albon had improved again to seal an impressive P3 ahead of Hamilton.

With the performance runs complete, the field switched to long runs in preparation for the race and there were no further improvements at the top of the timesheet.

Behind Hamilton, Yuki Tsunoda took fifth place in the remaining AlphaTauri, just under half a tenth clear of Gasly. Pérez ended the session in seventh ahead of Stroll, while the top 10 order was completed by Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was 11th, with team-mate Carlos Sainz in P16 on a low-key Friday for the Scuderia.

01 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL60 1:11.330 30
02 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RBPT RB19 1:11.353 26
03 Alex Albon Williams Mercedes FW45 1:11.599 31
04 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W14 1:11.638 27
05 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda RBPT AT04 1:11.720 31
06 Pierre Gasly Alpine Renault A523 1:11.766 30
07 Sergio Pérez Red Bull Honda RBPT RB19 1:11.817 26
08 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes AMR23 1:11.835 .0
09 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari C43 1:11.857 30
10 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Mercedes AMR23 1:11.863 31
11 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF-23 1:11.915 30
12 Logan Sargeant Williams Mercedes FW45 1:11.934 32
13 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A523 1:12.001 30
14 George Russell Mercedes W14 1:12.009 28
15 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo Ferrari C43 1:12.074 30
16 Carlos Sainz Ferrari SF-23 1:12.093 31
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-23 1:12.404 28
18 Nico Hülkenberg Haas Ferrari VF-23 1:12.693 31
19 Oscar Piastri McLaren Mercedes MCL60 1:12.901 6
20 Daniel Ricciardo AlphaTauri Honda RBPT AT04 1:13.096 7


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