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Russell and Mercedes lead F1 FP2 at Imola; Alonzo, 5th

After a very busy Friday at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the drivers returned to the tarmac for the second and final practice session of the weekend, a session that the teams used to assess the different strategies that they will carry out both in the sprint race this Saturday as in the feature race on Sunday.

Unlike what happened on Friday, where qualifying was held in changing conditions due to the intermittent presence of rain, the sun shone on the Enzo e Dino Ferrari Autodromo track, testing the configurations of the cars .

Arriving at the last 60 minutes of free practice, George Russell surprised everyone with the first place in the time table thanks to a 1:19.457 on soft tires, ahead of Sergio Pérez, Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso who completed the top 5.

Behind, Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen occupied the sixth and seventh position, a clear example of how unrepresentative the times have been in an FP2 in which no one has sought to set competitive times, focusing solely on race simulations, accumulating many laps with a large fuel load.

Yuki Tsunoda, Pierre Gasly and Guanyu Zhou closed the top ten positions, leaving the Haas in a position further back than seen yesterday, where Kevin Magnussen even managed to set the fourth fastest time in sprint qualifying.

At the back of the grid, Norris’s McLaren, who could barely lap, and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas, who did not even do a lap in the entire FP2, occupied the last positions. As for the most active drivers, Nicholas Latifi’s Williams and Esteban Ocon’s Alpine were the slowest cars in the session.

2022 Emilia Romagna GP FP2 results at Imola F1

Cla Pilot laps Weather Difference Interval Km/h
1 United KingdomGeorge Russell 32 1’19.457     222.414
two Mexico Sergio Perez 33 1’19,538 0.081 0.081 222,188
3 MonacoCharles Leclerc 35 1’19.740 0.283 0.202 221.625
4 United KingdomLewis Hamilton 34 1’19.992 0.535 0.252 220.927
5 SpainFernando Alonso 29 1’20.174 0.717 0.182 220.425
6 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 31 1’20.258 0.801 0.084 220,194
7 NetherlandsMax Verstappen 36 1’20.371 0.914 0.113 219.885
8 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 35 1’20.381 0.924 0.010 219.857
9 France Pierre Gasly 37 1’20,439 0.982 0.058 219,699
10 China Guanyu Zhou 32 1’20.498 1.041 0.059 219.538

Summary of Free Practice 2 of the Emilia Romagna GP in Imola of F1 2022

Since it was practically the first time that teams and drivers had been able to ride in dry conditions on Imola’s asphalt so far this weekend, the rush to get out on the track was noticeable in the first minutes of the session.

The first time on Saturday was marked by Norris with a 1:23.821, although it was quickly surpassed by the 1:21.880 of a Hamilton who minutes before had complained of power problems in his Mercedes engine.

Taking into account the two races still to come, this afternoon’s sprint and Sunday’s normal race, almost all the drivers focused on the long runs from the first minutes of FP2.

As soon as he went out on the track, Pérez was placed in first position, being the first rider to lose 1:20 (1:19.878). In turn, at Ferrari they were more relaxed, with Leclerc who did not go below 1:21 and Sainz who took more than 10 minutes to make his first appearance on the track.

If Friday was very positive for McLaren and especially for Lando Norris, halfway through the session, Ricciardo had not even managed to get out on the track, with the mechanics working tirelessly on his car, while the Briton had only completed three turns.

Despite Mercedes’ initial problems, Russell and Hamilton were running second and third at the halfway point in FP2, ahead of Verstappen, Tsunoda and Albon. In the rear, both Haas occupied the last two seats, although very close to Esteban Ocon’s Alpine.

Thinking about the 21-lap sprint race, Checo Pérez completed 18 laps with the softest Pirelli tire in very competitive times, in fact, at the end of his stint he further improved his time by setting a 1:19.790, although quickly Russell I would move him to second position thanks to his 1:19.457, also on soft.

While everyone rode with apparent normality, the problems continued in the McLaren and Alfa Romeo garage, although in the Swiss team they only affected Valtteri Bottas.

In the final minutes, Leclerc improved his time and placed third, behind Russell and Pérez . Alonso did the same to get out of the lower part of the classification, where his teammate Ocon stayed and rose to fifth place, ahead of Sainz and Verstappen .

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