Quick bottles 0.2 sec from Hamilton and fast verstapen; Norris crash, Kimi and Perez collide in incident-filled P2; Leclerc spins and only 10th, when Vettel stops in Trachea for Ferrari
Last updated: 11/09/20 4:44 pm
Voltaire Botas was quicker than Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstapen in a second exercise at the Tuscan GP, where drivers looking for Mugello’s ineligible damage featured costly crashes and spins.
Lando Norris crashed his McLaren heavily, colliding head-on with Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez, while Charles Lellark failed to replicate the promising pace of the team’s milestone weekend from its start, both Ferraris.
Sebastian Vettel also stopped on the track at the end of the incidental session, citing engine problems.
Leclerc’s disappearance from the sharp edge of the timesheet – he ranks 10th in P2’s top Ferrari – means the F1 2020 general big-hitters formed the first three, Botas enjoyed the perfect start to the first Tuscan GP.
Botas confirmed that he was the fastest behind Mercedes teammate Hamilton with a 1: 1 16.999, 0.2 speed on soft tires.
“It’s a lot of fun and really great,” says Botas of the circuit. “Once you get behind the turn one, the whole section, including those high-speed chickens and the second sector, is amazing. Today, everyone really enjoyed every single lap.”
Hamilton added: “I like it. It’s definitely a real challenge. I’m not great at it yet, but I’m working on it.”
Worstapen was very close to the Mercedes, probably expected on the high-speed, high-downforce circuit, only four hundredths second slower than Hamilton.
Botas, Hamilton and Verstappen enjoyed a big buffer for the next fastest car – Alex Albon of the other Red Bull, about a second after speeding.
Norris crashes, Kimi and Perez collide
Having two red flags and lots of driver errors in the vicinity of the D2 circuit, the P2 has crashed, its expected debut in the F1 calendar.
LeClark was on his first spin at the age of 12, when he went near his Ferrari and first crashed into his lap.
There was nothing comparable to Norris’s big shunt, however, when the young Englishman ran a little wider at Turn Three to practice quality and made a noise with his McLaren’s front branch after cutting the crab.
It carried the red flag and Norris – who climbed to fourth in the first place – failed to get back off track, meaning he finished 14th, although there is only one place behind teammate Carlos Sanz.
“The more I hated that I read the concrete and the accident ended, the better,” Norris said. “It’s more complex, but more challenging – and I think it should be.”
After a pirate of Vettel, who was out of the top-ten in both Friday sessions, Ripkonen and Perez stubbornly approached to create another red flag.
Just as the nail came out of the hole, the Rykkonen was going to the turn, but despite the two drivers facing each other, they went into a corner and collided, with lots of debris on the track.
The incident is under investigation from race stewards.
The P2 then ended up with a pull on the side of the Vettel track when the checker hoisted the flag, which was the disappointing outcome of a down-down day for Ferrari and celebrated their 1000th F1 race this weekend.
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Red Bull seems to have re-established itself as Mercedes’ closest rival for the weekend.
“It was a very good day,” Verstapen said. “We can be quite satisfied with how the car was behaving. We weren’t too far from the Mercedes, so it was a very good thing.”
But the predictions behind them are much more difficult – not helped by Ferrari’s confusing speed and McLaren’s problems.
Renault was fifth and sixth, with Daniel Ricardo ahead of Esteban Okon, with Sergio Perez confirming that there is at least one car in the top ten rank points.
The man from Alfatouri at the moment was Pierre Gaselli VIII, and the Rickconen Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo was surprisingly faster than the Leclerc.
Tuscan GP practice two timesheets
|1) Voltaire Botas||Mercedes||1: 16.989|
|2) Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||+0.207|
|3) Max Versatapen||Red bull||+0.246|
|4) Alexander Albon||Red bull||+0.982|
|5) Daniel Ricardo||Renault||+1,050|
|6) Esteban Oakon||Renault||+1.126|
|7) Sergio Perez||Racing points||+1.209|
|8) Pierre Gasley||Alfatauri||+1.255|
|9) Kimi Raikkonen||Alpha Romeo||+1.396|
|10) Charles Lakelark||Ferrari||+1.411|
|11) Lance Troll||Racing points||+1.473|
|12) Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||+1.509|
|13) Carlos Sanz||McLaren||+1.662|
|14) Lando Norris||McLaren||+1.669|
|15) Daniel Poetry||Alfatauri||+1.747|
|16) George Russell||Williams||+1.854|
|17) Antonio Giovinaji||Alpha Romeo||+1.955|
|18) Nicholas Latifi||Williams||+1.994|
|19) Roman Grozian||Yes||+2.124|
|20) Kevin Magnusen||Yes||+2.268|