FP2: Ferrari take the lead at Zandvoort, Leclerc lead

Rivals Red Bull had a dismal day as Charles Leclerc set the fastest time, just ahead of team-mate Carlos Sainz.

On a sunny afternoon at Zandvoort, the drivers hit the track for the first run of the second session. Most were medium tires. Sainz he led with a time of 1:13.412, 0.025 seconds ahead of Leclerc. .

Then, after 15 minutes of running, the drivers returned to the pitlane, leaving the track quiet to put on a brand new set of soft tires in preparation for their usual Friday afternoon qualifying simulation.

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And Sainz, who set a time of 1:12.349, struggled early on as his Scuderia rivals failed to beat the Spaniard’s time. However, it was Leclerc who eventually set the fastest lap, crossing the line 0.004 seconds faster than his teammate.

McLaren’s Lando Norris continued his good form from FP1, setting the fourth fastest time, finishing third and fifth respectively between the revived Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin was sixth fastest, with soon-to-be team-mate Fernando Alonso seventh. The other Alpine, Esteban Ocon, was in his ninth position, more than 0.4 seconds behind his teammate.

Max Verstappen, who missed most of FP1 due to a transmission problem, was eighth, while team-mate Sergio Perez was twelfth.

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Daniel Ricciardo, who suffered an oil leak in his McLaren’s radiator late in the session, finished in the top ten, just ahead of Yuki Tsunoda in 11th. Gravel exiting Turn 10.

Haas’ Mick Schumacher was 13th fastest overall, with Sebastian Vettel 14th, sixth, 0.8 seconds slower than his Aston Martin teammate.

Guanyu Zhou, trying to make up for lost time after missing the first half of FP1, fell back to 15th, but was over half a second faster than Alfa Romeo team-mate Valtteri Bottas in 18th.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly missed much of FP2 due to technical problems, but was 16th overall for the session, while Williams’ Alex Albon was 17th.

Kevin Magnussen’s second Haas was 19th ahead of Nicolas Latifi, who finished the session nearly a second slower than Williams team-mate Albon.

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