Max Verstappen managed to put himself up in P1 ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton during the FP2 at the French circuit.

As both Mercedes went back on top in FP1, the second practice session started regularly, with Alfa Romeo and Williams going onto the track first.

The first one to set a time was George Russell, but his time was just a benchmark with which he started the session. His time was fastly beaten by Valtteri Bottas, who wen first fastest, ahead of Max Verstappen, and Sergio Perez.

Ten minutes into the session, it was a Mercedes one-two once again, with Bottas in front of Lewis Hamilton and Verstappen. The latter had damaged his front wing at the exit of Turn 2 due to the high curbs, and in the same corner, Mick Schumacher lost control of his car and almost spun.

Twenty minutes in, the top three was the same, and the top ten was completed by Esteban Ocon in P5, Pierre Gasly in the sixth position, Fernando Alonso in P7, Charles Leclerc in P8, Lando Norris in ninth, and Carlos Sainz in P10.

The Mexican driver went out on track once again to improve his lap, but he did not manage to do so. Ocon tried to do the same, and his lap was faster, meaning he gained two positions, going up to P3.

Lewis tried to steal the lead from his teammate with a flying lap on the soft tires. He did improve his time, but it was not enough to go first fastest. Hamilton’s former rival, Alonso, went third fastest ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in P4 and Ocon in P5.

Verstappen, who was sitting in P7, put in a great lap and went first fastest, just 0.008 seconds ahead of Bottas. While the Dutch driver improved his time, Hamilton complained to his engineer, saying that there was something weird with the car. In the meanwhile, Sainz went from P15 to P6, Lando improved his lap time but remained eight, and Alonso went faster without gaining any position though.

Perez was also trying to improve his lap to not remain stuck in P10, but he found the traffic of one Haas. Leclerc went out again. He gained eight positions, and he was fifth fastest, showing a better pace for Ferrari compared to the FP1.

As the session was about to come to an end, the teams started to concentrate on the race pace simulations. Bottas started well, but then his times dropped, while Alpine was pushing very hard, and its pace was incredibly good. Red Bull was competitive in the race pace simulations, too.

Leclerc was setting similar times to one of Fernando Alonso, while the fastest out on track was the Finnish driver, Valtteri Bottas. However, Verstappen was extremely consistent, and his times were not too different from the one of the Mercedes drivers.

PositionDriverTeamTime/Gap
1VerstappenRed Bull1:32.872
2BottasMercedes+0.008
3HamiltonMercedes+0.253
4AlonsoAlpine+0.468
5LeclercFerrari+0.678
6OconAlpine+0.813
7GaslyAlphaTauri+0.824
8SainzFerrari+0.826
9RaikkonenAlfa Romeo+0.914
10NorrisMcLaren+0.950
11GiovinazziAlfa Romeo+0.959
12PerezRed Bull+1.049
13TsunodaAlphaTauri+1.083
14RicciardoMcLaren+1.207
15VettelAston Martin+1.575
16StrollAston Martin+1.760
17RussellWilliams +2.394
18LatifiWilliams +2.459
19SchumacherHaas+2.640
20MazepinHaas+2.679

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