Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Spa-Francorchamps, 2022

Leclerc leads close Ferrari one-two, Verstappen eighth in second practice

2022 Dutch Grand Prix second practice

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Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jnr were quickest in second practice for the Dutch Grand Prix as Red Bull appeared to struggle for pace at Zandvoort.

Just four-thousandths of a second separated the two Ferraris, with Lewis Hamilton less than a tenth behind them in his Mercedes. But Max Verstappen managed only eighth in the session, almost seven-tenths off Ferrari’s pace, and team mate Sergio Perez was even further back.

With the afternoon sun breaking through the clouds, the Zandvoort circuit was significantly warmer than the morning practice session. Having lost 50 minutes of running with a suspected gearbox, Verstappen quickly headed onto the circuit, going instantly quickest with a 1’13.465 on the soft tyres ahead of the two Ferraris of Sainz and Leclerc on mediums.

Traffic was once again a problem for all cars around the narrow, Fernando Alonso having one of his earlier laps ruined by a slow car at Masters, turn eight. Less than 10 minutes into the session, official GPS location data appeared to fail, and many teams warned their drivers they were unable to give them information about their rivals out on the circuit. That led to a lull in the action as drivers returned to the pits, with only Alexander Albon choosing to run.

Eventually, more drivers took to the circuit. The Ferraris headed out on softs, with Sainz taking the fastest time. Just after halfway through the session, Leclerc jumped to the top of the times, a mere four-thousandths of a second quicker than his team mate. They remained in that order until the end of the session, the Ferrari pair leading Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell. The Red Bull drivers focused on long runs, but Verstappen and Perez appeared unable to match the times of the Ferraris and Mercedes ahead, Verstappen seven-tenths of a second slower than Leclerc’s best time.

With just over 10 minutes remaining in the session, Yuki Tsunoda brought out the red flags when he spun and beached his AlphaTauri at the exit of turn 10. The marshals successfully cleared the stranded car out of the gravel with enough time for the session to resume with under five minutes to go.

Verstappen attempted a flying lap in an effort to improve his position, but could do no better than eighth. There were no major improvements at the top of the times, leaving Leclerc and Sainz on top of the times as Friday’s running concluded.

Hamilton was third fastest, less than a tenth behind the Ferrari, with Norris splitting the two Mercedes with Russell fifth. Lance Stroll ended the day sixth in the Aston Martin, with Verstappen sandwiched in eighth by the two Alpines of Alonso and Esteban Ocon. Daniel Ricciardo completed the top ten, with Perez only 12th fastest in the second Red Bull.

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2022 Dutch Grand Prix second practice result

116Charles LeclercFerrariF1-751’12.34527
255Carlos Sainz JnrFerrariF1-751’12.3490.00430
344Lewis HamiltonMercedesW131’12.4170.07221
44Lando NorrisMcLaren-MercedesMCL361’12.4480.10324
563George RussellMercedesW131’12.6550.31027
618Lance StrollAston Martin-MercedesAMR221’12.7460.40128
714Fernando AlonsoAlpine-RenaultA5221’12.8480.50325
81Max VerstappenRed BullRB181’13.0420.69722
931Esteban OconAlpine-RenaultA5221’13.3050.96027
103Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-MercedesMCL361’13.3621.01710
1122Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red BullAT031’13.4191.07419
1211Sergio PerezRed BullRB181’13.4931.14823
1347Mick SchumacherHaas-FerrariVF-221’13.6041.25927
145Sebastian VettelAston Martin-MercedesAMR221’13.6111.26627
1524Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-FerrariC421’13.6241.27925
1610Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red BullAT031’13.6661.32116
1723Alexander AlbonWilliams-MercedesFW441’13.8371.49226
1877Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-FerrariC421’14.1671.82227
1920Kevin MagnussenHaas-FerrariVF-221’14.2821.93725
206Nicholas LatifiWilliams-MercedesFW441’14.7972.45224

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17 comments on “Leclerc leads close Ferrari one-two, Verstappen eighth in second practice”

  1. Traffic was once again a problem for all cars around the narrow, Fernando Alonso

    I thought he was rather wide myself lol

  2. I’d be surprised if Red Bull and Alpha Tauri are letting Tsunoda’s silly mistakes unnoticed. Zhou is making him look like a loser already this season.

  3. Hard to tell where Red Bull stands. As the article mentions they seemingly weren’t going for a fast lap throughout the session, and when they did, the track seemed slower for everyone. Would be surprising if Red Bull was genuinely out of the top six on pace.

    1. I think Redbull know they can’t afford to waist another engine and so they are doing what they need to preserve the engine. They are doing just enough to be familiar with the track.

  4. I am not buying into all this. Redbull will course correct by fp3 and torch the track and competition. Will watch the highlights sunday evening.

  5. Red Bull are the new Mercedes. Sandbagging until quali!

    1. Yes, sounds very suspicious!

    2. Sounds about right.

  6. RB is doing a Mercedes (2014-2021). Better hold a bit back in everything and let the others to be a bit happy and to get hope, than to go full beans . If its needed we have the speed to match and pass them.
    Kudos to them.

    1. @bluechris why would RB hold back at wunderkinds home race? Maybe merc have real pace?

      1. At this stage in the season some teams might use components in FP that they won’t use in qualifying and the race. If Red Bull is again at the back of the top 10 in FP3 when teams usually do their qualifying simulation, then it’ll be a sign they’re really off the pace. That said, Red Bull isn’t usually this far back in FP1&2 either, so who knows.

        1. Both express valid comments but if they win not by much then this doesn’t make you think?
          I just cannot believe that a car that is more than 1 sec faster from everyone in race pace, suddenly is back or equal or a little bit in front and reminds me Mercedes politics at the start of the hybrid era.

        2. Quali sims are done in Q2 as it is normally at the same time Quali takes place giving the teams the most representative data.

  7. Safe to assume Honda management back in Japan are not pleased with Tsunoda’s mistakes this year. I can see them replacing him with Ayumu Iwasa next season if he gets enough super licence points in F2.

    1. @ccpbioweapon do Honda still have any sway with either Red Bull team?

    2. I don’t think RBR has any present interest in courting Honda. If any of the RB Junior drivers move up to alpha tauri i think it will be Liam Lawson. I think their best bet is Alex Albon if possible.

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