2022 French Grand Prix FP2 report and highlights: Sainz leads Ferrari teammate Leclerc by 0.1 si second French GP practice session

2022 French Grand Prix FP2 report and highlights: Sainz leads Ferrari teammate Leclerc by 0.1 si second French GP practice session

Ferrari stamped its authority at the French Grand Prix weekend as Carlos Sainz pipped team-mate Charles Leclerc to the fastest time, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen more than 0.5 seconds off the pace.

Before the teams turned their attention to long races and judged how long the tires would last in hot conditions, they sent their respective drivers out on soft tires and low fuel in pursuit of performance.

Sainz clocked 1m 32.527s on the sixth lap on the same set of soft tires to beat Leclerc by 0.101s, but he will not be in contention for pole after taking a new engine component which triggers a 10-place grid penalty .

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The Ferrari duo made an improvement of between 0.8-1.0s when switching from the medium tires to the softest rubber.

Championship leader Verstappen complained of understeer in the first sector and although he posed the biggest threat to the red cars, he was not quick enough to give the Italian team too much cause for concern.

1


Carlos
Sainz
SAI
Ferrari

1:32,527

2


Charles
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

+0.101s

3


Max
Verstappen
VER
Red Bull Racing

+0.550s

4


George
Russell
INTOXICATION
Mercedes

+0.764s

5


Lewis
Hamilton
HAM
Mercedes

+0.990s

Mercedes, running an updated pack in France, continued their upward trajectory, with George Russell fourth best 0.76s off the pace, with Lewis Hamilton getting the first race of the weekend – having let reserve Nyck de Vries borrow his car in FP1 – fifth a couple of tenths further back.

Lando Norris, driving McLaren’s significant update, was sixth – one second off the pace – with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo half a second back in ninth. Between them was the heavily updated AlphaTauri of home favorite Pierre Gasly and the Haas of Kevin Magnussen, who took a big step up in form from FP1 to FP2.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez left it late to run his soft tyre, but it wasn’t spectacular, the Mexican finishing 10th, a second behind teammate Verstappen.

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Fernando Alonso was the leading Alpine in 11th, his teammate Esteban Ocon contested his home Grand Prix in 18th, with Valtteri Bottas getting his first race of the day after Robert Kubica used his Alfa Romeo in FP1. The Finn was number 12.

Sebastian Vettel led the Aston Martin in 13th, ahead of Yuki Tsunoda – who received the AlphaTauri update for the second session after initial data collection on Gasly’s car in FP1 was deemed a success.

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Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll was 15th, ahead of Williams’ Alex Albon and Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu.

Mick Schumacher discovered a set of medium tires when he ran wide at Turn 11 on the mediums and was 19th overall, as Nicholas Latifi drove the updated Williams package for the first time, two races after Albon got it, and propped up the timesheets.

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