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RECAP: Perez quickest in FP2 at COTA

AUSTIN, TEXAS – OCTOBER 22: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Sergio Perez has topped the standings of the second free practice session of the United States Grand Prix.

After an interesting opening practice session, the racing action at the Circuit of The Americas resumed later in the day.

The pit lane exit was opened and plenty of drivers went to the track. Lando Norris did not have a good start to the session as he had to go to the garage because of technical issues.

Mercedes and Red Bull Racing were on top of the timesheets straightaway with Sergio Perez ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. The championship rivals Hamilton and Verstappen had a controversial moment on the start-finish straight.

Norris came back to the race track after resolving issues and instantly went up to the top 5 of the standings. Later on, Lance Stroll set the new fastest lap of FP2. It did not last for long though as both Mercedes drivers went significantly quicker. However, Hamilton’s lap time was eventually deleted due to the track limits violation.

Halfway through the practice, Perez came back to the lead, being four-tenths quicker than Bottas. The afternoon did not go as planned for Verstappen as he had issues with traffic, which left him quite frustrated. Nikita Mazepin was also dissatisfied with the traffic on the track as he had nearly collided with Lance Stroll in turn 1.

In the final part of the session, the drivers had race simulation runs. The Mercedes and Red Bull drivers had the best pace at around 1:41. A couple of minutes before the checkered flag, Fernando Alonso had a spin and had slight contact with a barrier.

Nothing changed upfront as Perez was the fastest driver on Friday afternoon. Norris was second, while Lewis Hamilton completed the top 3.

The results of the Formula 1 United States GP FP2:

1Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing1:34.946
2Lando NorrisMcLaren+0.257
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes+0.364
4Valtteri BottasMercedes+0.414
5Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+0.511
6Lance StrollAston Martin+0.615
7Charles LeclercFerrari+0.626
8Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing+0.878
9Carlos SainzFerrari+0.973
10Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing+1.192
11Esteban OconAlpine+1.212
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+1.296
13Fernando AlonsoAlpine+1.430
14Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo Racing+1.612
15Sebastian VettelAston Martin+1.772
16Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+2.037
17Mick SchumacherHaas+2.095
18Nicholas LatifiWilliams+2.308
19George RussellWilliams+2.544
20Nikita MazepinHaas+3.080
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