Mercedes dominates the second session of Free Practice as well, while Max Verstappen had a mechanical failure. Ferrari looks fast as well, especially with Charles Leclerc, who crashed at the end of the session.
The first driver to go out on track for the second session of Free Practice was Esteban Ocon, who had to recover time on track after the crash with Sergio Perez in the FP1. Just a few minutes after the French driver, all the other drivers went out on track to start their program.
Charles Leclerc and Sainz put the two Ferrari on top at the start of the session with Medium (yellow) tires. In the meanwhile, Lando Norris went wide in Turn 4, but luckily for him, he did not crash.
It was already a great fight on top between Ferrari, Red Bull, and Mercedes that were fighting for P1 after only ten minutes. While Max Verstappen was on a flying lap, something broke on his RB16B, and he had to stop at the exit of the pitlane. However, the car was pushed out from the track, and the session was not red-flagged.
The two Silver Arrows were on top with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, and the gap with the third place, occupied by Sainz, was more than one second.
After twenty minutes, the only driver who was still inside the box was Nikita Mazepin because his car still needed to be fixed after the FP1 incident. Then, the two Ferrari drivers fitted the soft (red) tires, and Leclerc went first fastest, but his time was canceled, while Sainz stayed third, only 0.2s behind Hamilton, who used medium tires, though. The Spaniard was improving his lap on the second flying lap, but he slowed down after a mistake on the penultimate corner.
Later, also Lewis Hamilton fitted the soft tires to start a qualifying run, and he did improve his time which was only 0.010s behind Bottas’ one. Pierre Gasly was pushing very hard as well, and he put his AlphaTauri in P2, just 0.078s behind Bottas. The latter also started a flying lap with soft tires, during which he did not improve like his teammate.
Then, the teams started the race pace simulations. Ferrari seemed quick, especially with Leclerc, who was fifth overall. AlphaTauri as well looked fast, and Gasly was slightly faster than Sainz at the beginning. However, Sainz lowered his times, which became more similar to the one set by his teammate (1:19.0/1:20.0). Then, both Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda started to set times around 1:20.0.
Mercedes was setting similar times as Leclerc, who was finding himself comfortable in his SF21. The Monegasque crashed at turn 18 with four minutes to go while he was pushing incredibly fast, and his session ended in the wall. After this incident, the FIA decided that the session would not restart.