FT2: Let’s go!
The red flag cost the teams twelve minutes. At only 60 minutes, that’s 20% of the session! 18 cars are still there, Bottas and Sainz are no longer driving today. Curious: The Spaniard continues to lead with his 1:30.964.
But that will certainly not remain the case. There are 31 minutes left on the clock. So already halftime.
FT2: red flag
It just doesn’t work for Sainz: two failures recently, two spins today. And this time he even hits him. Red flag, that was it with her Friday. So no long runs. Training is suspended for everyone.
Alfa Romeo has since confirmed that Bottas will not be able to compete in FT2. However, we are still waiting for the justification. Of course, we will stay tuned!
Apart from him, all we are waiting for now is Verstappen. At least we already know that the gearbox had to be changed.
FT2: Spinner Perez
It’s almost de rigueur these days. After the Ferrari drivers spun in FT1 and Verstappen hit the wall, the second Red Bull driver was also hit. But he can go on.
By the way, Sainz is currently in the lead with a 1:30.964. It’s already faster than Leclerc in FT1. Meanwhile, there are signs of dissolution on the Haas: parts of Schumacher and Magnussen each come off. Not good.
FT2: Without Bottas
This surprises us a bit. The Alfa Romeo is in the pits without an engine. The Finn will therefore not be able to drive in this session. His departure was not really violent and he would normally have had enough time.
Maybe the team will tell us why he can’t drive. Apart from him, Verstappen and the two Mercedes drivers are not yet on the track.
FT2: New gearbox for Verstappen
After the Dutchman hit the wall in FT1 his gearbox was changed. For security reasons, according to the team. As a reminder, the equipment rules have changed for this year.
There is no penalty for the change. In FT2, meanwhile, not everyone is in such a rush as in FT1. Only half of the 20 drivers were already on the track. By this point in FT1, everyone was already out.
No penalty for Ricciardo
We want to get this sorted quickly before proceeding. The Australian did not receive a penalty for the action with Schumacher in FT1. He avoids the penalty because he was not on the ideal trajectory and did not brake hard either.
Here’s the slightly more complex explanation in full:
“The driver of car 3 was warned that a Red Bull car was on a fast lap while he and car 18 were on slow laps. Car 18 was on the fast line, car 3 to his left. The driver of car 3 realized he needed to slow down to allow car 18 to move forward, but this happened at the same time as car 47 (also on a slow lap) approached.
“Both riders expressed the view that although it would be disadvantageous to run off the racing line (due to the newness of the track surface and loose rocks), it would be important in further sessions of make sure the slower cars stay out of the racing line.”
“The stewards noted that there was very little brake applied by the driver of car 3 and decided that this could not be considered ‘erratic’ driving on the line when in close proximity to other cars .”
FT2: Open the session ticker now!
Only a few minutes left until the second training session and for you it’s time again to open our ticker session with Stefan Ehlen. Only here you get full FT2 coverage. Here we limit ourselves to the most important information, images and voices.
The air temperature is still 32.3 degrees, so it’s very similar to FT1. The trail cooled off a bit at 42.9 degrees. But still quite warm!