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Verstappen tops FP2, Bottas in ‘ridiculous’ pitlane spin

Jun 25 2021

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fastest for a second successive Formula 1 practice session at the Styrian Grand Prix, while Valtteri Bottas spun in the pitlane.


Key moments:

> Verstappen quickest for Red Bull again
> Faster Hamilton time deleted
> Bottas spins in the pitlane
> Ricciardo second-fastest for McLaren
> Gasly absent due to engine issue


Championship leader Verstappen beat his morning benchmark by half a second to go quickest in FP2, despite drops of rain threatening to disrupt running.

Verstappen’s 1m05.412s put him over three tenths clear of his former Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who was a surprise-second fastest for McLaren.

Esteban Ocon completed the top three for Alpine, his best effort was just 0.042s slower than Ricciardo’s.

With under 20 minutes of the session, Bottas spun his Mercedes in the pitlane shortly after leaving his pit box on the hard tyres.

Bottas managed to avoid making contact with anything, but he had to be pushed back by the McLaren mechanics who Bottas spun in front of. The team complained to race director Michael Masi on the radio that its crew had been put in danger.

Bottas could only manage the 12th-quickest time while his team-mate, defending champion Lewis Hamilton was fourth-fastest. Bottas will also face a post-session investigation into the incident, and will report to the stewards at 4.20pm local time.

Hamilton did set a time good enough to top the session, a 1m05.335s, but fell foul of track limits at the final corner.

Fernando Alonso rounded out the top five to solidify a strong Friday for Alpine, which also got both cars inside the top seven in FP1.

Fellow F1 champion Sebastian Vettel was sixth-quickest for Aston Martin ahead of Lando Norris – recovering from a tricky FP1 session where he was 16th-fastest.

Vettel’s Aston team-mate Lance Stroll was eighth, while Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was ninth-fastest.

The top 10 was rounded out by Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi. He was just 0.002s faster than the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, who spun after touching the gravel at Turn 5.

Sainz’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc was 13th-fastest, one place behind Bottas.

Nicholas Latifi fell victim to the Turn 6 left-hander and spun his Williams into the grass. He registered the slowest time of the 19 drivers who set a flying lap.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was second-quickest in first practice, but he missed the entirety of FP2 as Honda had to assess his engine after finding an issue in his FP1 data.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Car Best Time Gap Leader
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m05.412s
2 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m05.748s +0.336s
3 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m05.79s +0.378s
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m05.796s +0.384s
5 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m05.827s +0.415s
6 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m05.934s +0.522s
7 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m05.994s +0.582s
8 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m06.079s +0.667s
9 Sergio Pérez Red Bull-Honda 1m06.089s +0.677s
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m06.145s +0.733s
11 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1m06.147s +0.735s
12 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m06.251s +0.839s
13 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m06.27s +0.858s
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m06.297s +0.885s
15 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1m06.451s +1.039s
16 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m06.628s +1.216s
17 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m06.886s +1.474s
18 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 1m07.404s +1.992s
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m07.669s +2.257s

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