2022 French Grand Prix FP2 report and highlights: Sainz leads Ferrari group mate Leclerc by 0.1s in second French GP observe session

Ferrari stamped their authority on the French Grand Prix weekend as Carlos Sainz beat group mate Charles Leclerc to the quickest time, with Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen greater than 0.5s off the tempo.

Earlier than groups turned their consideration to lengthy runs and judging how lengthy the tyres will final in heat circumstances, they despatched their respective drivers out on delicate tyres and low gasoline within the search of efficiency.

Sainz clocked a 1m 32.527s on the sixth lap on the identical set of soppy tyres to edge out Leclerc by 0.101s, nonetheless he gained’t be within the battle for pole after taking a brand new engine element that triggers a 10-place grid penalty.

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The Ferrari duo made an enchancment of between 0.8-1.0s after they moved from the medium tyres to the softest rubber.

Championship chief Verstappen complained of understeer within the first sector and, whereas he supplied the best risk to the purple automobiles, he wasn’t fast sufficient to present the Italian group an excessive amount of trigger for concern.

1


Carlos
Sainz
SAI
Ferrari

1:32.527

2


Charles
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

+0.101s

3


Max
Verstappen
VER
Pink Bull Racing

+0.550s

4


George
Russell
RUS
Mercedes

+0.764s

5


Lewis
Hamilton
HAM
Mercedes

+0.990s

Mercedes, operating an up to date bundle in France, continued their upward trajectory, with George Russell fourth greatest 0.76s off the tempo, with Lewis Hamilton getting his first run of the weekend – having let reserve Nyck de Vries borrow his automotive in FP1 – fifth a few tenths additional again.

Lando Norris, operating McLaren’s sizeable replace, was sixth – one second off the tempo – together with his group mate Daniel Ricciardo half a second again in ninth. Betyween them was the closely up to date AlphaTauri of dwelling favorite Pierre Gasly and the Haas of Kevin Magnussen, who made an enormous step in kind from FP1 to FP2.

Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez left it late to do his delicate tyre run however it wasn’t spectacular, the Mexican slotting into tenth, a second behind his group mate Verstappen.

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Fernando Alonso was the main Alpine in eleventh, his group mate Esteban Ocon competing in his dwelling grand prix down in 18th, with Valtteri Bottas getting his first operating of the day after Robert Kubica used his Alfa Romeo in FP1. The Finn was twelfth.

Sebastian Vettel was the lead Aston Martin in thirteenth, forward of Yuki Tsunoda – who was given the AlphaTauri replace for the second session after preliminary knowledge gathering on Gasly’s automotive in FP1 was deemed successful.

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Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll was fifteenth, forward of Williams’ Alex Albon and Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu.

Mick Schumacher flat-spotted a set of medium tyres when he ran extensive at Flip 11 on the mediums and was nineteenth general, as Nicholas Latifi operating the up to date Williams bundle for the primary time, two races after Albon received it, propping up the timesheets.

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