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What went on in second Azerbaijan GP F1 practice in Baku

by Josh Suttill
2 min read

Charles Leclerc edged FP1 pacesetter Sergio Perez to top the second Formula 1 practice session at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Key moments:

> Leclerc leads Perez by 0.248s

> Verstappen third, ahead of Alonso

> Mistakes aplenty including for Leclerc and Perez

Ferrari’s Leclerc went quickest on his soft tyre-run to top FP1 on a 1m43.224s, 0.248s quicker than Monaco Grand Prix winner Sergio Perez.

Leclerc complained of engine issues in the closing stages of the session – “What’s going on? There’s a problem with the engine?”

But he was later told that everything was fine.

Perez’s team-mate Max Verstappen couldn’t get a clean lap in right away on the soft tyres amid the traffic – and yellow flags for a brief Perez off at Turn 15 – and ultimately ended up third, a further tenth adrift.

Fernando Alonso enjoyed strong straightline speed aboard his Alpine and used this to set the fastest final sector time on his way to the fourth-fastest overall time.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, who had a late-session trip down the Turn 15 escape road, couldn’t get a proper flying lap in on the soft tyres at all, and rounded out the top five by virtue of his medium-tyre run.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was sixth-quickest ahead of the lead Mercedes of George Russell and his team-mate Yuki Tsunoda.

Esteban Ocon was ninth-fastest ahead of the highest-placed McLaren of Lando Norris, who caused the first yellow flag of FP2 with an off at Turn 3 just moments into the session.

Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel was 11th-quickest ahead of seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Car Best Time Gap Leader
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m43.224s
2 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1m43.472s +0.248s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m43.58s +0.356s
4 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m44.142s +0.918s
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1m44.274s +1.05s
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Red Bull 1m44.315s +1.091s
7 George Russell Mercedes 1m44.548s +1.324s
8 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Red Bull 1m44.567s +1.343s
9 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m44.609s +1.385s
10 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m44.771s +1.547s
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m44.781s +1.557s
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m44.874s +1.65s
13 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m44.874s +1.65s
14 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m45.059s +1.835s
15 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m45.115s +1.891s
16 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m45.264s +2.04s
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m45.588s +2.364s
18 Alex Albon Williams-Mercedes 1m46.397s +3.173s
19 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m46.425s +3.201s
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m47.218s +3.994s
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