FP2: Leclerc leads the way as Ferrari take control in Zandvoort – Formula 1

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It was Ferrari 1-2 in the second practice session at this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, with Charles Leclerc narrowly edging team-mate Carlos Sainz to set the fastest time, with rivals Red Bull having a separate day.

On a bright and sunny afternoon in Zandvoort, the drivers took to the track for their first run of the second session, the majority on medium tyres, with Sainz leading the way early with a time of 1m 13.412s to lead Leclerc by 0.025s. .

And after 15 minutes of running the drivers headed back into the pit lane – leaving a silent track – to fit a pair of brand new sets of soft tires in preparation for the usual Friday afternoon qualifying simulations.

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And it was Sainz, with a time of 1m 12.349s, who put down the early gauntlet, because the Scuderia’s rivals tried and failed to beat the Spaniard’s time. However, it was ultimately Leclerc who clocked the fastest lap, crossing the line 0.004s faster than his teammate.

McLaren’s Lando Norris continued his good form from FP1 by setting the fourth fastest time, with the Brit sandwiched between the resurgent Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, in third and fifth, respectively.

Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin was sixth fastest, just ahead of his soon-to-be teammate Fernando Alonso in seventh. Esteban Ocon, in the other Alpa, was down in ninth, more than four tenths slower than his teammate.

It wasn’t a great day for Red Bull, as while Max Verstappen – who missed most of FP1 with a transmission problem – was eighth fastest, his teammate Sergio Perez was down in P12.

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Daniel Ricciardo – who had an oil leak on his McLaren’s radiator in the latter stages of the session – rounded out the top 10, just ahead of 11th-placed Yuki Tsunoda – who brought out the red flags in FP2 after his AlphaTauri ran aground in the gravel at the Turn 10 exit.

Haas’ Mick Schumacher was 13th fastest overall, just ahead of Sebastian Vettel in 14th, eight-tenths slower than his Aston Martin teammate in sixth.

Zhou Guanyu – looking to make up for lost time after missing the first part of FP1 – was down in P15, although he was more than half a second faster than his Alfa Romeo team-mate Valtteri Bottas in 18th.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly – who missed much of FP2 with a technical problem under his seat – was 16th overall in the session, ahead of Williams’ Alex Albon in 17th.

Kevin Magnussen’s second Haas was in P19, ahead of Nicholas Latifi, who finished the session almost a second slower than Williams team-mate Albon.

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