Formula 1 | France, EL2: Sainz takes a Ferrari double ahead of Verstappen

The Alpine F1 drivers were the first to take the lead with their medium tyres. Fernando Alonso set a time of 1’35″531, 0″069 ahead of Esteban Ocon. Pierre Gasly slipped into third place 0″093 behind the Spaniard, before Kevin Magnussen took the lead (1’35″386).

George Russell was the first driver from a top team, or at least from the front of the grid, to set a benchmark lap, in 1’34.810. Like Magnussen, the Mercedes F1 driver was equipped with medium erasers.

Mick Schumacher gave himself a fright when he lost control of his single-seater at the entrance to Beausset, with a spin at high speed, without however touching the wall. Gasly improved and took the second fastest time, two tenths of a second behind Russell.

Charles Leclerc then came to position himself in the lead with a time of 1’34″182, also in mediums. Alex Albon came to position himself in fourth place, ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Pérez, who themselves beat Magnussen. Max Verstappen then took first place in 1’34″172, 0″010 ahead of Leclerc!

Carlos Sainz set a time on soft rubber, the first during this session, and the difference was seen: the Spaniard placed his Ferrari at the top of the hierarchy with a lead of more than eight tenths, in 1’33” 322.

Equipped with soft rubber, the Aston Martin F1 drivers took fourth and fifth place, Sebastian Vettel positioning himself ahead of Lance Stroll, however more than a second behind Sainz. Leclerc also put on the redwall tires and took the fastest lap in 1’33″136.

But the Spaniard replied and took first place in 1’32″527. Verstappen also tested the soft tires for the first time during these FP2s, and came between the Ferraris, 0″059 ahead of Leclerc, but half a second behind Sainz. Leclerc progressed in turn, returning to 0″101 from Sainz.

The end of the session did not see any major upheavals, the drivers having worked as usual on the long stints. Sainz therefore kept the best time ahead of Leclerc and Verstappen. The Mercedes of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton were in the top 5 ahead of Lando Norris, Gasly, Magnussen, Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Pérez, still uncomfortable.

Fernando Alonso is 11th ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel, Yuki Tsunoda and Lance Stroll. Albon fell back to 16th ahead of Guanyu Zhou, Esteban Ocon, Mick Schumacher and Nicholas Latifi.

pos. Pilot Car Time Towers
01 carlos sainz Ferrari F1-75 1:32.527 22
02 Charles Leclerc Ferrari F1-75 1:32.628 22
03 Max Verstappen Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:33.077 17
04 george russell Mercedes W13 1:33.291 20
05 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W13 1:33.517 23
06 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL36 1:33.607 21
07 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 1:33.906 24
08 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:33.928 24
09 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes MCL36 1:36.984 23
10 Sergio Perez Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:34.060 16
11 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault A522 1:34.259 24
12 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:34.264 27
13 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:34.420 27
14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 1:34.540 24
15 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:34.595 26
16 Alex Albon Williams Mercedes FW44 1:34.653 23
17 Guanyu-Zhou Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:34.654 26
18 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A522 1:34.660 26
19 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:35.195 22
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW44 1:35.412 27

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