FP2: Leclerc leads the way as Ferrari take charge in Zandvoort

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It was a Ferrari 1-2 in the second practice session of this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, with Charles Leclerc team-mate Carlos Sainz narrowly setting the fastest time, while rivals Red Bull had a disjointed day.

On a clear and sunny afternoon in Zandvoort, the drivers took to the track for their first run of the second session, the majority on medium tyres, with Sainz leading early with a time of 1m 13.412s to overtake Leclerc by 0.025s .

And after a 15-minute run, the drivers returned to the pit lane – leaving a quiet lane – to fit on a pair of brand new soft tires in preparation for the usual Friday afternoon qualifying simulations.

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And it was Sainz, with a time of 1m 12.349s, who put down the early gauntlet as the Scuderia’s rivals tried to beat the Spaniard’s time and failed. However, in the end it was Leclerc who clocked the fastest lap and crossed the line 0.004 seconds faster than his teammate.

McLaren’s Lando Norris continued his good form from FP1 by setting the fourth fastest time, with the Briton wedged between resurgent Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in third and fifth respectively.

Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin was sixth, just ahead of his upcoming teammate Fernando Alonso in seventh. Esteban Ocon, in the other Alpine, finished ninth, more than four tenths slower than his teammate.

It was not a great day for Red Bull, as while Max Verstappen – who missed most of FP1 with a transmission problem – was eighth, his teammate Sergio Perez was in P12.

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Daniel Ricciardo – who had an oil leak on the radiator of his McLaren in the closing stages of the session – rounded out the top-10, just ahead of 11th-placed Yuki Tsunoda – who raised the red flags in FP2 after his AlphaTauri stranded in the gravel at the exit of Turn 10.

Haas’ Mick Schumacher was 13th fastest overall, just ahead of Sebastian Vettel in 14th, eight tenths slower than his Aston Martin teammate in sixth.

Zhou Guanyu – who wanted to make up for lost time after missing the first part of FP1 – fell to P15, although he was more than half a second faster than his Alfa Romeo team-mate Valtteri Bottas on 18th.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly – who missed much of FP2 with a technical problem under his seat – took 16th overall in the session, ahead of Williams’ Alex Albon in 17th.

Kevin Magnussen’s second Haas was in P19, ahead of Nicholas Latifi, who finished the session almost a second slower than Williams teammate Albon.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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