FP2 2022 French Grand Prix report and highlights: Sainz leads Ferrari teammate Leclerc by 0.1s in French GP Practice 2

FP2 2022 French Grand Prix report and highlights: Sainz leads Ferrari teammate Leclerc by 0.1s in French GP Practice 2

Ferrari demonstrated its authority over the French Grand Prix weekend as Carlos Sainz beat teammate Charles Leclerc with the fastest time, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen falling more than 0.5s off the pace.

Before teams turned their attention to long runs and how long the tires last in warm conditions, they sent their respective drivers to soft tires and low fuel in search of performance.

Sainz clocked a 1m32.527s on lap six on the same set of soft tires to edge Leclerc by 0.101s, but he won’t be in the fight for pole after picking up a new engine component that carries a 10-place penalty triggers on the starting grid.

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The Ferrari duo made an improvement of between 0.8 and 1.0 seconds as they switched from the medium tires to the softest rubber.

Championship leader Verstappen complained of understeer in the first sector and while it was the biggest threat to the red cars, he wasn’t quick enough to cause the Italian team too much concern.








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Mercedes, racing an updated package in France, continued its upward trend, with George Russell fourth best, 0.76s back, while Lewis Hamilton scored his first race of the weekend – after lending his car to Nyck de Vries in FP1 – Fifth a few tenths further back.

Lando Norris, who spearheaded McLaren’s extensive update, was sixth – a second off the pace – while his teammate Daniel Ricciardo was half a second back in ninth. In between was home favorite Pierre Gasly’s heavily updated AlphaTauri and Kevin Magnussen’s Haas, who made a big jump in form from FP1 to FP2.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez left late to complete his run on soft tires but it wasn’t spectacular, with the Mexican finishing in 10th, a second behind teammate Verstappen.

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Fernando Alonso was the leading Alpine in 11th, his teammate Esteban Ocon started his home Grand Prix in 18th, while Valtteri Bottas had his first run of the day after Robert Kubica fielded his Alfa Romeo in FP1 would have. The Finn was 12th.

Sebastian Vettel was the leading Aston Martin in 13th, ahead of Yuki Tsunoda – who received the AlphaTauri update for session two after the first data collection on Gasly’s car in FP1 was deemed a success.

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Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll was 15th ahead of Williams’ Alex Albon and Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu.

Mick Schumacher went flat on a set of Mediums when he went too far on the Mediums at Turn 11 and finished 19th overall as Nicholas Latifi rode the updated Williams package for the first time, two races after Albon got it, and supported the time tables.

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