Not only did Lewis Hamilton lead both Practice 1 and Practice 2 for this weekend’s Turkish GP in Istanbul, the race pace in his Mercedes is phenomenal. His arch rival, Max Verstappen, is in trouble so far, much slower on both qualifying and race pace.
Hamilton’s lap of 1m23.804s was 0.166s faster than the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc. While his 1-lap pace wasn’t bad, Leclerc’s race pace is not competitive. Like Red Bull, Ferrari has work to do overnight as well.
Valtteri Bottas was 3rd quick in the 2nd Mercedes 0.41s back.
Miraculously Sergio Perez was faster than his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen in 4th and 5th. This is rare to see, so perhaps Verstappen is sandbagging.
Aston Martin are considering an engine change overnight on their hapless cars as both Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel are out to lunch.
Practice 2 Results
|1||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m23.804s||+0.000s|
|2||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||1m23.970s||+0.166|
|3||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m24.214s||+0.410|
|4||Sergio Perez||MEX||Red Bull Racing||1m24.373s||+0.569|
|5||Max Verstappen||NED||Red Bull Racing||1m24.439s||+0.635|
|6||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||1m24.525s||+0.721|
|7||Fernando Alonso||CHI||Alpine F1 Team||1m24.660s||+0.856|
|8||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Alpine F1 Team||1m24.672s||+0.866|
|9||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1m24.756s||+0.952|
|10||Antonio Giovinazzi||GBR||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m24.796s||+0.992|
|11||Yuki Tsunoda||JPN||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1m24.882s||+1.078|
|12||Carlos Sainz||ESP||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||1m24.903s||+1.099|
|13||Lance Stroll||CAN||Aston Martin Cognizant||1m25.020s||+1.216|
|14||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||McLaren F1 Team||1m25.060s||+1.256|
|15||Kimi Raikkonen||FIN||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m25.143s||+1.339|
|16||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Aston Martin Cognizant||1m25.229s||+1.425|
|17||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Williams Racing||1m23.307s||+1.503|
|18||George Russell||ISR||Williams Racing||1m25.358s||+1.554|
|19||Mick Schumacher||GER||Uralkali Haas F1 Team||1m25.480s||+1.676|
|20||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Uralkali Haas F1 Team||1m25.698s||+1.894|