In the second practice session of this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, Ferrari led 1-2 as Charles Leclerc narrowly beat teammate Carlos Sainz to set the fastest time, Rivals Red Bull had a disjointed day.
On a sunny afternoon in Zandvoort, the drivers were on the track for the first time of the second race, mostly on medium tires, with Sainz taking an early lead, 0.025 seconds ahead of Leclerc at 13.412 seconds at a million .
After 15 minutes of running, the drivers returned to the pits – leaving a quiet track – and put on a new pair of soft tyres in preparation for Friday afternoon’s qualifying simulation.
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It was Sainz who put down an early challenge with a 1m 12.349sec as Scuderia’s rivals attempted to beat the Spaniard’s time but were unsuccessful. In the end, however, it was Leclerc who ran the fastest lap, 0.004 seconds faster than his teammate.
McLaren’s Lando Norris continued his stellar start from FP1 to set the fourth fastest time, with the Briton sandwiched between resurgent Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and George Between Russell, ranked third and fifth, respectively.
Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin was sixth-fastest behind his soon-to-be seventh-place teammate Fernando Alonso. Another Alpine’s Esteban Ocon was ninth, four tenths behind his teammate.
It wasn’t a good day for Red Bull as Max Verstappen – who missed most of FP1 due to transmission issues – was eighth fastest with his team-mate Sergio Perez trailing in P12.
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Daniel Ricciardo – whose McLaren radiator leaked oil in the late stages of the race – finished in the top 10, just ahead of 11th-placed Yuki Tsunoda – who Grounded his AlphaTauri on the gravel at the exit of Turn 10 in FP2.
Haas’ Mick Schumacher is 13th fastest overall, just ahead of Sebastian Vettel in 14th and a tenth slower than his Aston Martin teammate in sixth Eight.
Zhou Guanyu – hoping to make up for lost time after missing the first part of FP1 – fell behind in 15th, although he was more than half a second faster than his Alfa Romeo teammate Valtteri Bottas in 18th.
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, who missed most of the FP2 race due to technical issues, finished 16th, ahead of Williams’ Alex Albon in 17th.
Kevin Magnussen’s second Haas was nearly a second behind Williams team-mate Albon before P19, ahead of Nicolas Latifi.