2022 French Grand Prix FP2 report and highlights: Sainz beats Ferrari teammate Leclerc by 0.1sec in second French GP practice session

Ferrari sealed its dominance at the French Grand Prix at the weekend, with Carlos Sainz beating teammate Charles Leclerc at the fastest time, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen more than 0.5sec off the lead.

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

Sainz clocks 1m 32.527secs on lap six on the same set of soft tires to beat Leclerc by 0.101secs, but he won’t be in pole position after taking on a new engine component that leads to a 10-place grid penalty.

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The Ferrari duo improved between 0-8-1.0 seconds as they switched from medium tires to softer rubber.

Championship captain Verstappen complained of weakness in the first sector, and while he was the biggest threat to the red cars, he wasn’t quick enough to give the Italian team much to worry about.


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Mercedes, running an updated package in France, continued its upward trajectory, with George Russell fourth best 0.76sec, with Lewis Hamilton getting his first Tour of the weekend – after allowing reserve Nick de Vries to borrow his car in FP1 – fifth a few Tenths back.

Lando Norris, who runs the big update for McLaren, finished sixth – one second off the lead – with teammate Daniel Ricciardo ninth by half a second. Betyween were the hugely updated AlphaTauri of house favorite Pierre Gasly and Haas of Kevin Magnussen, who made the big move in shape from FP1 to FP2.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez left it late to round up the soft tyres, but that wasn’t surprising, as the Mexican finished 10th, a second behind teammate Verstappen.

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Alpine pioneer Fernando Alonso was 11th, teammate Esteban Ocon racing in the home Grand Prix was 18th, with Valtteri Bottas getting his first round of the day after Robert Kubica used his Alfa Romeo in FP1. Finn was ranked twelfth.

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel was 13th, ahead of Yuki Tsunoda – who got the AlphaTauri update for the second session after the initial 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 Alex Albon in Williams and Alfa Romeo Cho Gagno.

Mick Schumacher spotted a set of medium tires flat as he ran into Turn 11 on the center and was 19th overall as Nicholas Latifi ran the updated Williams package for the first time, two races after Albon got it, boosting the schedules .

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