Tuscan Grand Prix FP2 reports and highlights: Botas leads Hamilton and Verstappen, as Norris is first in Ballet Barrier


Free Practice 2 for the inaugural Tuscan Grand Prix gave us our first taste of how qualifying could be in this fast, defunct Mogello circuit, with Mercedes Valtteri Bottas heading the team two-tenths of the time to Lewis Hamilton – Red Bull’s Max With Verstappen. Back to just 0.039.

Bottas looked well hooked around the 3.28-mile track, as he finished the season at Mugello as the only driver to lap in 1m 16s, stopping the clocks at 1m 16.989s, from his season-leading time About a second brisk morning as he finished cleaning up the P1s for Friday.

FP1: Bottas led Sirstappen and Leclerc in first practice at Mugello

Hamilton was trailing by 0.207, but McLaren’s play was mid-season for Lando Norris, who ran on the track outside Turn 3 – or for Poggiosco conoscenti – Before walking into the wall and wiping the front wing from his MCL35, he brought red flags, as the drivers began to move to their qualifying simulations.

Once the season resumed 10 minutes later, Verstappen finished a promising third for Red Bull, with or in place of Hamilton, while Alex Albon dropped to fourth, but his teammates Was seven-tenths of the time.

1


Valtteri
Bottas
Bot
Mercedes

1: 16.989

2


Lewis
Hamilton
the thigh
Mercedes

+ 0.207s

3


Max
Verstappen
VER
Red bull racing

+ 0.246s

4


Alexander
Albon
ALB
Red bull racing

+ 0.982s

5


Daniel
Ricciardo
RIC
Renault

+ 1.050s

Two Renaults followed behind the Mercedes and Red Bull couple, who were pleased to take the ‘third best team’ spot, ahead of Esteban Ocon with Daniel Ricciardo after predicting that Mugello might not suit their RS20 package. And just 0.069 from Albon.

Hot based on the news that he would leave the team at the end of the year, Sergio Perez was the fastest driver of racing point in the seventh, ahead of Monza winner Pierre Gasly in the eighth for Alfatoury – encouraging Kimi Rautkon to Alpha Romeo Ninth, 20 years to the day from his first F1 test on the track.

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However, after their qualifying simulation was underway, a bizarre incident occurred for Räikkönen and Perez as the two drivers collided on Turn 1, as Perez was leaving pit lane, removing the second red flag of the day – The incident should be investigated after the session with.

This weekend is celebrated as Ferrari’s 1,000th Grand Prix. And after starring P3 in the morning practice, Charles Lechler slipped back into FP2 as he took 10th – while both he and teammate Sebastian Vettel suffered a sprain in the Corneatio corner during the season, including Vessel finished the P12, but was only 0.098 behind him. Team Mate, with a lance stroke between the pair for a racing point in the 11th. Ferrari may have been worried after Vettel’s power unit was cut right at the end of the session, though …

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However, McLaren was to work for the squad, but who injured P13 and P14 from their strong Monza race a week earlier, Carlos Sainz left the British driver ahead of Norris. Daniel Keevat finished 15th in the second Alphatori, while George Russell finished 16th for Williams.

Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alpha Romeo scored the 17th for Nicolas Latifi’s second Williams time in the 18th, while two Haas cars from Kevin Magusen and Romain Grosjean pulled back – a missing issue with much of the Grosjean season.

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Meanwhile, FP2 surfaced to confirm that tire management on Mugello’s abrasive tarmac could be an important issue this weekend, with drivers complaining a lot about heating tires on Mugello’s hot, abrasive surface Of.

It is therefore Mercedes whose initial advantage as Formula 1 enters the deserted region in Mugello. But the Red Bulls are within spitting distance, with a fantastic qualifying session in store on Saturday.