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F1 | Portuguese GP | Hamilton tops FP2 as Verstappen splits both Mercedes

FP2 session report as Hamilton finishes first with Max Verstappen close behind and Sergio Pérez 10th in the standings in Portimao.

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F1 | Portuguese GP | Hamilton tops FP2 as Verstappen splits both Mercedes
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The start of Free Practice 2 which was preceded by Bottas being the fastest one during the first session of the weekend had to be delayed 10 minutes due to a loose drain cover.

Lewis Hamilton topped the session with a time of 1:19.837 while Valtteri Bottas kept the 3rd place, 0.344 tenths behind.


Max Verstappen reported break problems within 15 minutes on the session but was able to solve them as he managed to finish 2nd overall with teammate Sergio Pérez finishing 10th in matters of teams racing for fastest laps.

All drivers started the session with the medium compound, keeping a stable distance of less than four-tenths between the top 5, until Valtteri Bottas changed to the softer tyres, 20 minutes into the session.

Carlos Sainz performed great and constantly topped Charles Leclerc, as both Ferraris were in the fight to be the third-best team on the stats with Alpine, with Alonso and Ocon being 5th and 6th, splitting both prancing horses the Spaniard being 4th.

Mick Schumacher reported engine problems with 15 minutes left in the session. The German finished 18th 1.700 seconds far from first place as his teammate Nikita Mazepin bottomed the table 2.801 seconds far from the top. Nicholas Latifi split both Haas with George Russell was 13th.

With 20 minutes left on the clock all the cars prepared for practice on race pace, no driver improved their time from now on, Max Verstappen being the fastest in this regard with lapping times around 1:22:09 in the medium tyres. Carlos Sainz still with a good performance as the Ferrari driver continued lapping 1:23:01 with Charles Leclerc finally close. A good race pace was shown from the McLaren drivers too.


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