Following a ten minute delay of action as circuit officials fixed a loose drain cover, the pitlane at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve roared with the sound of cars heading out for the second free practice session of the Formula 1 Heineken Grande Prémio De Portugal 2021.
In the opening ten minutes it was the leader of the first practice session Valtteri Bottas that was setting the pace, a time of 1:20.423, leading Carlos Sainz Jr., and Lewis Hamilton. The opening part of the session was largely uneventful other than Nikita Mazepin briefly heading off of the circuit as George Russell made a pass on the Brit.
Twenty minutes in to the session and Max Verstappen had managed to set a time good enough to move to the top of the timing screens with a lap of 1:20.322, pushing Bottas down to second place. It wouldn’t be long before the Finn would reclaim the top spot, improving his time to 1:20.181, only to be blitzed by his team-mate Lewis Hamilton with a time of 1:19.837.
At the halfway point of the session the top ten was led by Hamilton, Bottas and Sainz. The Alpine duo of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon were fourth and fifth fastest. Verstappen was in sixth place ahead of Charles Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll, and Sergio Pérez, who had a near miss with a Haas coming out of the pit lane.
As the clock counted down and headed in to the closing stages Mick Schumacher was reporting engine problems on his Haas, down in eighteenth place the German driver had slowed noticeably. The issue didn’t seem terminal, after speaking with engineers on the radio it wasn’t long before he was back up to speed.
Heading out on track on a fresh set of soft tyres, Verstappen pushed his pace, with a clear track ahead of him he managed to move up to second place, just 0.143 seconds behind the top time by Hamilton.
In the closing moments of the session, Tsunoda managed to avoid a potentially embarrassing incident as he was caught out by the wind at Turn 3, thankfully for the Japanese driver he managed to pull out of the corner, using the run off area to recover.
|1||44||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team||1:19.837||33|
|2||33||Max Verstappen||NED||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:19.980||+0.143s||26|
|3||77||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team||1:20.181||+0.344s||28|
|4||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||ESP||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||1:20.197||+0.360s||33|
|5||14||Fernando Alonso||ESP||Alpine F1 Team||1:20.220||+0.383s||32|
|6||31||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Alpine F1 Team||1:20.235||+0.398s||31|
|7||16||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||1:20.360||+0.523s||33|
|8||3||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||McLaren F1 Team||1:20.418||+0.581s||31|
|9||18||Lance Stroll||CAN||Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team||1:20.427||+0.590s||31|
|10||11||Sergio Pérez||MEX||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:20.516||+0.679s||28|
|11||10||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1:20.558||+0.721s||34|
|12||4||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||1:20.757||+0.920s||28|
|13||63||George Russell||GBR||Williams Racing||1:20.976||+1.139s||32|
|14||22||Yuki Tsunoda||JAP||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1:21.053||+1.216s||33|
|15||5||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team||1:21.074||+1.237s||32|
|16||7||Kimi Räikkönen||FIN||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1:21.225||+1.388s||22|
|17||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1:21.238||+1.401s||32|
|18||47||Mick Schumacher||GER||Uralkali Haas F1 Team||1:21.537||+1.700s||29|
|19||6||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Williams Racing||1:21.855||+2.018s||31|
|20||9||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Uralkali Haas F1 Team||1:22.638||+2.801s||28|