Sergio Perez went first fastest in FP2 at Baku, with Max Verstappen right behind him. The top three was completed by Carlos Sainz, while the two Mercedes were only in P11 and P16.
The first drivers on the track were using medium (yellow) tires. When the drivers started their program, Valtteri Bottas went wide in Turn 1, but without any major problems. Something similar happened to Lando Norris some seconds later.
After ten minutes, it was Charles Leclerc on top, only six milliseconds ahead of Pierre Gasly, and Max Verstappen. In the meanwhile, Nikita Mazepin as well went wide in Turn 1.
Nicholas Latifi brought out the red flag after his engine died in the last sector. He could not restart the car, which was in a dangerous position, and the session was stopped.
The session restarted, and this time the drivers went out with soft (red) tires. The first drivers to set a time with soft tires were Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, in P2 and P1 respectively.
Antonio Giovinazzi was right behind them in P3, with Lando Norris one-tenth behind. Sergio Perez later improved his lap, going third fastest. Leclerc was also improving his lap, but he hit the barriers in Turn 15. Luckily for him, he only broke the front wing.
Perez managed to go first fastest, 0.128 seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz. Max Verstappen as well improved his lap and went second fastest, making it a 1-2 for Red Bull.
The main Red Bull’s rival, Mercedes, seemed to struggle with Lewis Hamilton in P11 and Valtteri Bottas in P16. Maybe because of the wind, or they just approached the weekend differently.
Toward the end of the session, the teams started the race pace simulations. Of course, no one improved the lap times.
Despite Lewis was only eleventh fastest, his race pace simulation was quite good. Some drivers said that they had graining on the rear tires, remember that the temperatures were high.
The fastest cars on the track were the two Red Bulls, in particular Perez.