F1: Bottas best time in Mugello: Ferrari spinning around the track

Ferrari spinning over the track

Mercedes and Red Bull set the tone in Mugello. Ferrari drivers spin. Two interruptions.

D.hat seems to be becoming clear at the Tuscany GP. Mercedes and Red Bull dominate the second free practice in Mugello, where Formula 1 is visiting for the first time this year.
Valtteri Bottas set the best time (as in the morning), this time ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. The Dutchman is only two tenths of a second behind Bottas within striking distance. Alex Albon finished fourth, but is seven tenths behind Verstappen!
Behind them, the two Renault drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon confirm the strong performance of the French on fast tracks like Mugello or, before that, Spa.

Max Verstappen’s turn to Mercedes

Ferrari was unable to confirm the good trend from the first practice session in the afternoon at the team’s 1000 GP anniversary. Both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel did a spin. Leclerc was tenth in the end, Vettel twelfth – so in general Ferrari is no longer as bad as it was in Spa and Monza, but still trapped in midfield. After the end of the session, Vettel even rolled out and stopped.

Two interruptions totaling 14 minutes caused a stir. First Lando Norris lost his McLaren-Renault due to a driving mistake and crashed into the lane. The Briton was unharmed. Then Sergio Pérez collided with Kimi Raikkonen while pulling out of the pit lane.

A two-stop race is expected because tire wear is quite high on the uphill and downhill runs.

Result of second training Tuscany GP
1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 1: 16.989 minutes
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +0.207 seconds
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Honda) +0.246
4. Alex Albon (Red Bull-Honda) +0.982
5. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) +1.050
6. Esteban Ocon (Renault) +1.126
7. Sergio Pérez (Racing Point-Mercedes) +1.209
8. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri-Honda) +1.255
9. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) +1,396
10. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +1.411
11. Lance Stroll (Racing Point-Mercedes) +1.473
12. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +1.509
13. Carlos Sainz (McLaren-Renault) +1.662
14. Lando Norris (McLaren-Renault) +1.669
15. Daniil Kvyat (Alpha Tauri-Honda) +1.747
16. George Russell (Williams-Mercedes) +1.854
17. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) +1.955
18. Nicholas Latifi (Williams-Mercedes) +1.994
19. Kevin Magnussen (Haas-Ferrari) +2,124
20. Romain Grosjean (Haas-Ferrari) +2.268


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