The margins were extremely close among the three top teams in today's second practice session at Baku, Azerbaijan. Max Verstappen was fastest overall, but only by a tenth over Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.
As in the first practice session, grip levels remained low, despite F2 having run on the circuit today as well. This resulted in many off-track excursions yet again, resulting in numerous yellow flags during the session. Renault driver Jolyon Palmer caused a 9-minute red flag period as well as he had a crash similar to Perez' crash during FP1.
Having cut over the curbs a little too hard, he ended up hitting the wall with his right hand side front wheel, followed by the rest of the car scraping against the wall on the right hand side of the track.
At the very end of the session, Max Verstappen also damaged his car as he went backwards into the barriers at Turn 1.
|1||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:43.362||-||36|
|2||77||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes AMG||1:43.462||+0.100s||32|
|3||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:43.473||+0.111s||34|
|6||18||Lance Stroll||Williams Mercedes||1:44.113||+0.751s||27|
|7||11||Sergio Perez||Force India Mercedes||1:44.306||+0.944s||34|
|8||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:44.321||+0.959s||27|
|9||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India Mercedes||1:44.484||+1.122s||37|
|10||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG||1:44.525||+1.163s||23|
|11||19||Felipe Massa||Williams Mercedes||1:44.609||+1.247s||33|
|12||14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda||1:45.515||+2.153s||15|
|13||55||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:45.733||+2.371s||34|
|14||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari||1:45.831||+2.469s||33|
|17||2||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren Honda||1:46.174||+2.812s||28|
|18||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber Ferrari||1:47.150||+3.788s||25|
|19||9||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber Ferrari||1:47.347||+3.985s||25|
|20||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari||1:47.722||+4.360s||22|