After the second free practice session of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, to be held at the San Marino Circuit, Imola. Again, the equality between the first teams has been the keynote, but also the abandonments and, above all, the mistakes. We have finished with the red flag.
Valteri Bottas set the fastest time, beating his teammate Lewis Hamilton by just 10 thousandths. The teams used most of the session to test long runs on different tires, so the one-lap times are not as significant as those in FP1.
Pierre Gasly has shown, once again, that Alpha Tauri is going to fight again for the top positions. The Frenchman finished third, 78 thousandths behind Bottas’ best time. Simply spectacular the performance of this car in the first part of the season.
The Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc finished fourth and fifth. Precisely, Leclerc has been the protagonist of the final part of the training sessions, since he crashed at the entrance of the last corner. He racked up more than twelve laps on the medium tire. The session ended with a red flag for this fact. Here are the images:
And you may wonder … Where is Max Verstappen? The Dutchman suffered a breakdown in the first minutes, which forced him to withdraw the car at the finish line. His teammate, Sergio Pérez, could have been sixth, but eight tenths behind the Mercedes’ time.
The rest of the teams appears to be very compact. Lando Norris, eighth (Mclaren), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine), finished separated by just three tenths of a second. All of them have surpassed their teammates, further away from their times this time.
FINAL TIMES OF THE FP2 SESSION