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

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Ferrari stamped its authority on the French Grand Prix weekend as Carlos Sainz beat team-mate Charles Leclerc in fastest time, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen more than 0.5 seconds off the pace.

Before the teams focused on long runs and judging tire life in hot conditions, they sent their respective riders on soft tires and low fuel consumption in search of performance.

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Sainz clocked a 1m 32.527s on lap six on the same set of soft tires to edge Leclerc by 0.101s, but he won’t be in contention for pole after taking a new engine component that triggers a 10-place penalty on Grid. .

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The Ferrari duo made an improvement of 0.8 to 1.0s when switching from the medium tires to the softest rubber.

Championship leader Verstappen complained of understeer in the first sector and while he posed the biggest threat to the red cars he was not quick enough to worry the team too much Italian.

1


carlos
sainz
SAI
Ferrari

1:32.527

2


Charles
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

+0.101s

3


Max
Verstappen
WORM
Running of the red bulls

+0.550s

4


george
Russell
RUS
mercedes

+0.764s

5


lewis
hamilton
HAM
mercedes

+0.990s

Mercedes, running an updated package in France, continued their upward trajectory, with George Russell fourth best 0.76s off the pace, Lewis Hamilton getting his first race of the weekend – after letting reserve Nyck de Vries borrow his car in FP1 – fifth a few tenths further.

Lando Norris, performing McLaren’s significant update, was sixth – a second off the pace – with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo half a second in ninth. Between them were the heavily updated AlphaTauri of local favorite Pierre Gasly and the Haas of Kevin Magnussen, which took a big step up from FP1 to FP2.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez left him late to do his run on the soft tires but it was unspectacular with the Mexican finishing 10th, one second behind team-mate Verstappen.

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Fernando Alonso was top Alpine in 11th, with teammate Esteban Ocon contesting his home Grand Prix in 18th, with Valtteri Bottas getting his first race of the day after Robert Kubica used his Alfa Romeo in FP1. The Finn was 12th.

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

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

Mick Schumacher punctured a set of medium tires when he ran wide at Turn 11 on medium and finished 19th overall, as Nicholas Latifi ran the updated Williams package for the first time, two races after Albon got it, backing up the timesheets.

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