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Sainz tops second French practice

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JULY 22: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving (55) the Ferrari F1-75 leaves the garage during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on July 22, 2022 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz has topped the second practice session for the French GP with Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen behind.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas both took part in the session after being replaced by Nyck de Vries and Robert Kubica respectively for FP1.

Medium and hard tires seemed to be the choice for the second practice, although towards the end no one ran the white compound, choosing the soft instead.

Charles Leclerc is sporting a new helmet for the French Grand Prix, highlighting some of the emotional moments of his life featuring his father Herve, and his friend, Jules Bianchi. The Ferrari driver placed in second place through the closing stages of the session behind his teammate Carlos Sainz.

Things were not as promising for Sergio Perez – the Mexican from Red Bull racing placed way behind his teammate Max Verstappen (who was third), just inside the top 10 behind Daniel Ricciardo.

Things were not great for Mick Schumacher – the German struggled and locked up through turn 11, wasting his set of medium tires which, according to team principal Guenther Steiner, won’t be able to be used in the long run. He finished P19.

The Mercedes duo of George Russell and Hamilton showed a strong run in FP2 as they placed P4 and P5 respectively, behind Verstappen.

Things appeared to have a better color for Aston Martin as Sebastian Vettel was P13 by the end of the session – though it is nothing to be proud of, it is certainly a better sign for the British squad which has been struggling with really poor performances in the last couple of races. His teammate, Lance Stroll, was P15.

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