Hamilton and Bottas fly to Jeddah. Ferrari, Leclerc’s bad accident

In the free 2 best time of the Mercedes ahead of Gasly and Verstappen. The Monegasque slams 3 minutes from the end demolishing his SF21. Seventh time for Sainz

Mercedes always ahead on Red Bull also on the new track in Jeddah. In the second free practice session of the Arabian GP Lewis Hamilton in 1’29 ”018 preceded team mate Valtteri Bottas and Pierre Gasly’s Alpha Tauri, trailing by 61 and 81 thousandths. Max Verstappen is fourth at just under 2 tenths, then at 4 tenths there is Fernando Alonso with the Alpine.


It was obviously a comparison session, with the cooler track for the evening lights and more rubberized after the afternoon session and the Formula 2 laps. Ferrari has the seventh fastest time with Carlos Sainz, also preceded by the second Alpine, that of Esteban. Or with. Eighth and ninth time for Yuki Tsunoda and the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez.

Charles slams

Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari has the tenth time, 7 tenths behind Hamilton’s time. But the Monegasque ended the session badly, losing the SF21 in turn 16 to the left: Spin at high speed and bang against barriers with severe damage to the car. Fortunately, no consequences for Charles who came out on his legs from the cockpit. Ferrari then announced that Leclerc will be able to use the chassis and power unit on Saturday. Between the walls of the new Arab track all the drivers had been very careful up to that moment, apart from a mistake by Nikita Mazepin in turn 2: luckily for him, the Russian driver didn’t crash and started off again.

Pirelli investigations

Meanwhile, Pirelli has announced that it is conducting analyzes on the tires of the cars that have suffered deflation during the Qatar GP. The first findings have provided a first set of evidences that exclude production defects. Based on the findings obtained so far, the origin of the problem is mainly due to the prolonged residence time of the tires on the curbs, traveled at high speed and with high lateral and vertical loads, conditions determined by the unique characteristics of this circuit. The stresses induced by the curbs, the intensity of which cannot be deduced from the data available before the race, damaged the construction of the tires themselves, triggering a loss of pressure from the inner side which caused, after several seconds, the collapse of the structure.

The times of free practice 2

Times of the second free practice session of the Arabian GP:

1. Hamilton (Mercedes) 1’29”018
2. Bottas (Mercedes) 1’29 ”079
3. Gasly (AlphaTauri) 1’29”099
4. Verstappen (Red Bull) 1’29”213
5. Alonso (Alpine) 1’29 “441
6. Ocon (Alpine) 1’29”555
7. Sainz (Ferrari) 1’29 ”589
8. Tsoda (AlphaTauri) 1’29 ”597
9. Perez (Red Bull) 1’29 ”768
10. Leclerc (Ferrari) 1’29 ”772
11. Ricciardo (McLaren) 1’29 ”968
12. Norris (McLaren) 1’30”004
13. Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 1’30 ”110
14. Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) 1’30 ”276
15. Stroll (Aston Martin) 1’30”442
16. Vettel (Aston Martin) 1’30”502
17. Russell (Williams) 1’30”506
18. Schumacher (Haas) 1’30 ”652
19. Latifi (Williams) 1’31”039
20. Mazepin (Haas) 1’31 ”629

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Hamilton and Bottas fly to Jeddah. Ferrari, Leclerc’s bad accident