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Max Verstappen On Top Again For Free Practice Two At The Turkish Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen topped the second Friday practice session at the Turkish Grand Prix as conditions at the Intercity Istanbul Park track began to improve.

The drivers were able to get in the groove of the track this time round after the first session was marred by difficult track conditions. Most drivers lacked grip with a few citing that it felt like they were driving on ice. It seemed for the second session, the track warmed up and drivers were final able to get out on the soft compound tyres.

The fastest time in the first practice was 1:35.077, a huge difference from the 1:28.330 time Verstappen recorded in the second practice.

Verstappen found himself on top for the second time today, but his Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team-mate Alexander Albon looked like he would have been the one on top after spending a large chunk of the session in first. In the end, he finished fifth.

Charles Leclerc continued on having great weekend, putting his Scuderia Ferrari into second. Even through the issues the track has given him, he’s gave his all and showing that Ferrari can be great again. His team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished in eighth.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton couldn’t break into the top two. There was talk during the session that the two drivers were trialling their race pace more than a qualifying pace. Bottas finished third with Hamilton in fourth.

Scuderia AlphaTauri found themselves ‘best of the rest’ again with Daniil Kyvat in sixth and Pierre Gasly in seventh.

The three constructors battling for third, Renault DP World F1 TeamMcLaren F1 Team and BWT Racing Point Formula One Team, did not have the best of sessions. The highest any of the drivers finished was Racing Point’s Lance Stroll. His team-mate Sergio Pérez finished eleventh. 

The McLaren duo of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr. finished tenth and fourteenth respectively. However, neither of the Renault pairing broke into the top ten, a rarity compared to the team’s recent pace. Esteban Ocon finished twelfth with Daniel Ricciardo in fifteenth, over three seconds of the fastest time.

Elsewhere, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN duo of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Räikkönen finishing thirteenth and sixteenth respectively. Haas F1 Team finished with Romain Grosjean in eighteenth with team-mate Kevin Magnussen just behind him in nineteenth.

Williams Racing duo of George Russell and Nicholas Latifi both took a spin on the track in the same out lap proving that even in the second session, the grip wasn’t 100% there. Russell finished seventeenth with Latifi last in twentieth. 

133Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:28.33037
216Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1:28.7310.40144
377Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:28.9050.57542
444Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:29.1800.85039
523Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:29.3631.03341
626Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:29.6891.35942
710Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:29.9441.61442
85Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari1:30.0221.69241
918Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:30.2971.96737
104Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:30.9072.57739
1111Sergio PérezMEXBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:31.1042.77437
1231Esteban OconFRARenault DP World F1 Team1:31.3803.0536
1399Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing1:31.4933.16338
1455Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPMcLaren F1 Team1:31.4983.16840
153Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault DP World F1 Team1:31.6603.33034
167Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing1:31.9323.60242
1763George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1:32.3023.97238
188Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas F1 Team1:32.5704.2432
1920Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team1:32.8074.47737
206Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1:33.4885.15840
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