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Sainz beats Leclerc and Verstappen in FP2 in France; Alonzo 11th

Following a session that opened track activity at the 2022 Formula 1 French Grand Prix, the world’s fastest single-seaters returned to tarmac a few hours later for final practice on Friday.

In the 60 minutes of free practice in the afternoon, Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari led the classification table thanks to a time of 1:32.527 with the soft tire, which helped him to be one tenth faster than his teammate Prancing Horse , Charles Leclerc, who was second.

Immediately behind, the other candidate for this year’s title and reigning world champion, Max Verstappen, was third, half a second behind the Maranello cars, while the Mercedes benefited from Sergio Pérez’s poor record and were fourth and fifth, with George Russell ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

The Mexican, who was the last to do his qualifying simulation with the soft rubber, could not go beyond 10th position, although it earned him a place above Fernando Alonso’s Alpine, who was falling positions as their rivals marked laps.

The McLarens had a good session with their renewed car, and with Lando Norris they finished in sixth place, although Daniel Ricciardo could not go beyond ninth, four tenths behind his teammate in Woking.

Finishing the rest of the top 10 were Pierre Gasly, who happily tested the AlphaTauri upgrades at home and moved up to seventh place, just ahead of Kevin Magnussen, albeit only a few thousandths faster.

Results of Free Practice 2 of the French Grand Prix 2022 Formula 1

Cla Pilot Chassis laps Weather Difference Km/h
1 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. ferrari 22 1,32,527 227,297
2 MonacoCharles Leclerc Ferrari 22 1’32.628 0.101 227.050
3 NetherlandsMax Verstappen Red Bull 17 1’33.077 0.550 225.954
4 United KingdomGeorge Russell Mercedes 20 1’33.291 0.764 225.436
5 United KingdomLewis Hamilton Mercedes 23 1’33.517 0.990 224.891
6 United KingdomLando Norris McLaren 21 1’33.607 1.080 224.675
7 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 24 1’33,906 1,379 223,960
8 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas 24 1’33,928 1,401 223,907
9 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 23 1’33.984 1.457 223.774
10 MexicoSergio Pérez Red Bull 16 1’34.060 1.533 223.593

Summary of Free Practice 2 of the 2022 Formula 1 French Grand Prix

The teams enjoyed a hot first free practice session at the Paul Ricard circuit, although it was perhaps not the best of ideas to have such a late practice session, as it caused the mechanics to have a little more difficulty due to the high temperatures. However, that was not a reason for the teams to stop testing the new parts, as happened at Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull and Alpine, among others.

The one who was in the most hurry to shoot was Lewis Hamilton, who left his seat to Nyck de Vries in Free Practice 1 to comply with the FIA regulations of putting rookie drivers twice a year, and from the first moment he was hardworking , although far from the pace, as he was several tenths off the Alpine time.

At home, the French single-seaters led in the first 10 minutes of the session, with Fernando Alonso ahead of Esteban Ocon, but the favorites were yet to come out. However, it was Kevin Magnussen who dethroned them with a 1m35.386s on the medium tyre, which was beaten a few seconds later by George Russell.

Precisely, the Dane’s partner was the one who gave the big scare so far, since he lost control of his Haas after the Mistral curve, although he did not hit the protections thanks to the gigantic but scorching escape.

At the same time, Charles Leclerc gave the first blow on the table by taking the lead with six tenths of an advantage over Russell with the same average rubber. Max Verstappen tried to respond on his track start at Paul Ricard, and with his RB18 he was placed at the top of the qualifying table by just 10 thousandths , but the other Ferrari, Carlos Sainz’s, prevailed over the struggling couple for the title by eight tenths with the softer compound.

The work of the drivers continued until the halfway point of the session, which was just the moment in which the qualifying simulations began with the red rubber, the one with the most grip in the Pirelli range. Thanks to this, Leclerc set a 1:33.136 that helped him climb back to the top of the standings, while Alonso improved to be the fastest of the rest in fourth place, although more than a second behind the Monegasque.

It seems Sainz was envious of his teammate’s time, since he stopped the time at 1:32.527 to be first in these Free Practice 2s, waiting to find out what the Red Bulls could do. He did not have to watch the screens for too many minutes, since the Dutchman was half a second behind the Spaniard just a few moments later, while Hamilton rose to fourth position to be the only one in the middle zone to get off the barrier of the second compared to the big ones.

Behind, the Alpines began to drop positions in favor of a surprising Magnussen and Pierre Gasly, who benefited from updates to his AlphaTauri, as did Daniel Ricciardo, who was seventh after the middle of FP2. Australian driver Lando Norris also enjoyed a facelifted MCL36, helping him to sixth as the Mercedes moved up to fourth and fifth.

With just under 20 minutes to go, Sergio Pérez was the only favorite not to have done a fast lap on the softs, but on his eighth lap of the session he embarked on that task. When it seemed that he was going to climb to at least the height of his main rivals, he failed to make a good attempt and fell more than a second and a half behind Sainz.

After that, the vast majority returned to the garage to set up a set of medium tires and dedicate themselves to doing long runs with the medium tires, with which they did not improve any time, but which was useful to obtain data on the degradation of the Pirelli and be better prepared.

Gallery: the best images from Friday of the 2022 Formula 1 French GP

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

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Alex Albon, Williams FW44

Alex Albon, Williams FW44

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Carlos SainzFerrari F1-75

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75

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Carlos SainzFerrari F1-75

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75

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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

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Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522

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Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

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George Russell, Mercedes W13

George Russell, Mercedes W13

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George Russell, Mercedes W13

George Russell, Mercedes W13

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George Russell, Mercedes W13

George Russell, Mercedes W13

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Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22

Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22

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Red Bull Racing RB18 floor detail

Detalle del piso del Red Bull Racing RB18

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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Side detail of the Red Bull Racing RB18

Detalle lateral del Red Bull Racing RB18

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Side detail of the Red Bull Racing RB18

Detalle lateral del Red Bull Racing RB18

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Red Bull Racing RB18 brake drum

Tambor de freno Red Bull Racing RB18

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22

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Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW44

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW44

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Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT03

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT03

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Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

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Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42, with paraffin paint

Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42, con pintura de parafina

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Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03

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Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo C42

Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo C42

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

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