Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022 report and highlights: Leclerc leads Red Bulls by more than 0.2sec in second Baku training session

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc led the Red Bulls team led by FP1 championship leader Sergio Perez and championship leader Max Verstappen in second practice for the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Early mid-tire efforts saw Leclerc go faster with 1m 43.806s, trailing Verstappen by just 0.030sec despite spending the first 15 minutes of FP2 in the garage with work done on his rear wing and DRS starter.

The Softs came out after 30 minutes and Leclerc improved to a time of 1m 43.224s before blasting off and avoiding walls in Turn 7. He wasn’t the only one to make a mistake on a tough and stormy afternoon in Baku – and he wasn’t the only one to put up with the heavy porpoises on the main straight .

FP1: Perez leads Leclerc and Verstappen at the opening of the Great Azerbaijan training session

Perez improved to go within 0.248secs of Leclerc in P2, but an off-track trip in Sector 3 had him pop the yellow flag and pierce teammate Verstappen’s first effort to set a simple lap. Then the Dutchman improved to lead 0.356 seconds behind Leclerc in third place.

Carlos Sainz aborted his first run with a few strides and settled on P5 where his mediocre benchmark stood – countryman Fernando Alonso took P4 for Alpine after he nailed in the third sector.

1


Charles
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

1: 43.224

2


sergio
Perez
for every
Red Bull Racing

+ 0.248 seconds

3


the above
Verstappen
VER
Red Bull Racing

+ 0.356 seconds

4


Fernando
Alonso
ALO
Alps

+ 0.918 seconds

5


Carlos
Sains
Supreme Authority for Financial Control and Accountability
Ferrari

+ 1.050 seconds

Seventh-placed Mercedes driver George Russell was booked by AlphaTauris, while Pierre Gasly was two hundredths ahead in sixth, and Yuki Tsunoda two hundredths behind in eighth.

Esteban Ocon finished ninth in the Alpine, 0.042 seconds off Tsunoda, while Lando Norris wrapped up the top ten for McLaren, after that team started FP2 on hard hardware before the usual mid-session switch to softs. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo scored 14th in second practice.

Lewis Hamilton’s other Mercedes, 12, found itself cornered by Aston Martins: Sebastian Vettel a tenth ahead in P11 – ignoring the massive Turn 1 lock early – and Lance Stroll 13 after setting the same time with Hamilton.

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Alfa Romeos finished 15th and 16th, Valtteri Bottas two dozen ahead of Zhou Guanyu, while Kevin Magnussen was 0.3secs behind in P17 for Haas.

Williams switched from middle to weak early off the field, but 18th-placed Alex Albon spent most of this session in the garage after using barriers to damage his left front suspension.

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After a water leak limited FP1’s running, Mick Schumacher had plenty of work to do in this session. The Haas driver ended up 19th after focusing on the long distances, leaving Williams’ Nicholas Latifi in last and P20.

FP3 follows at 1500 local time on Saturday before qualifying for the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix at 1800. Head to Racing Center For more information on how to capture the event.

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