The fastest in today’s second free practice was current world champion Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes. The second was Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ahead of third-placed Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes. Behind the top three is the Red Bull duo - Sergio Perez was fourth and Max Verstappen fifth.
Lando Norris finished sixth at McLaren. After Lando, two Alpine drivers finished - the seventh was Fernando Alonso and the eighth was Esteban Ocon. The top ten were closed by Pierre Gasly in AlphaTauri and Antonio Giovinazzi in Alfa Romeo.
From the very beginning, the drivers did not waste time and immediately started going out on the track. The first on the track were the drivers of Alfa Romeo and Haas. The drivers had little trouble in the back sector, considering there were a lot of drivers, they all wanted a clean track to drive the fast lap.
Latifi was the first to have some problems, who went off the track in the second sector. Apart from the yellow flags, there were no major consequences. Besides him, Kimi also had problems. Already standard for him, the problem was drinking.
The system was leaking water, and Kimi complained to the team that it was easy to fix, but the same thing always happens. In that first part of the training, part of the driver complained about the downforce at the front end of the car.
Hamilton too, but after a minor intervention in the pit, the problem was solved. It was Hamilton who, after half an hour, was the fastest ahead of Leclerc, Bottas, Perez, Verstappen, Norris, Giovinazzi, Tsunoda, Sainz and Gasly.
Ferrari continued to show solid speed, and this is supported by the fact that only Hamilton and Leclerc drove under 1:24. The second part of the training was used by the teams for race simulations. Dissatisfaction was expressed by Verstappen, he had some problems in corner 7, and he reported on the radio that he was experiencing vibrations at the front right end of the car.
Apart from him, Gasly also had problems in corner number 6, and towards the very end of the training, Mazepin had a problem in the famous corner 8. Apart from the rubbed tires, there were no other consequences. At the very end of the training, Latifi twisted again in corner 9.
There were no other changes in the standings, so Hamilton, Leclerc, and Bottas finished the training as the fastest three.
Next on the schedule is the third free practice tomorrow at 11:00.