Lewis Hamilton set the quickest lap of the second free practice in Jeddah, while Mercedes got a 1-2 result.

The floodlights were on at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, which means that it was time for the Saudi Arabian GP FP2 to start.

Weather conditions in the practice were similar to those there would be in the race, so the drivers left their garages straightaway to gather useful data.

Lando Norris took the early lead in the session, ahead of the Alpine teammates Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso. The new track brought some challenges for the frontrunners – Valtteri Bottas had a lock-up, while Max Verstappen ran wide after going over a curb. However, the Dutchman eventually beat Norris’ time. Later on, he improved his result.

Yuki Tsunoda went quicker than Verstappen, but the championship leader responded with an even better lap. Verstappen’s lap did not last at the top of the standings for long as Bottas went 2 tenths faster. His teammate Lewis Hamilton went on to become the new leader of the session.

George Russell reported via team radio that he had issues with the brake-by-wire system. Despite that, he kept working according to his program. Halfway through the practice, there were no big incidents, though Mick Schumacher slightly touched the wall in turn 27.

Pierre Gasly had another impressive performance in Jeddah – he jumped to P3, ahead of Verstappen.

With less than 10 minutes to go, Nikita Mazepin spun in sector 1, bringing the yellow flags out. The car was not damaged, so he kept going. Several minutes later, Charles Leclerc had a big crash in turn 22 – the session was stopped. The Ferrari driver was fine after the incident.

The session was not resumed, which meant Hamilton was the quickest driver of the FP2. Bottas was second, while Gasly completed the top 3.

The results of the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian GP FP2:

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:29.018
2Valtteri BottasMercedes+0.061
3Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+0.081
4Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing+0.195
5Fernando AlonsoAlpine+0.423
6Esteban OconAlpine+0.537
7Carlos SainzFerrari+0.571
8Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+0.579
9Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing+0.750
10Charles LeclercFerrari+0.754
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+0.950
12Lando NorrisMcLaren+0.986
13Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing+1.092
14Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo Racing+1.258
15Lance StrollAston Martin+1.424
16Sebastian VettelAston Martin+1.484
17George RussellWilliams+1.488
18Mick SchumacherHaas+1.634
19Nicholas LatifiWilliams+2.021
20Nikita MazepinHaas+2.611

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