Chinese Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo set the Friday pace at Baku by going fastest in the practice 2 in the streets of Baku. The Australian was narrowly faster than Kimi Raikkonen with Max Verstappen closely following up in third.
Having narrowly trailed Valtteri Bottas in FP1, using the super soft tyres, Ricciardo this time around ran some laps on the ultra soft to demonstrate the true pace that Red Bull have in hand this weekend. Team mate Max Verstappen backed him up in third, underlining that Red Bull Racing will likely by strong this weekend.
Once again, Lewis Hamilton was quite a bit down on the pace setter, failing to set a flyer early on in the session. Focusing on longer runs after that, Bottas ended up ahead of him, although not by a big margin.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was even worse off, down in 11th. The German continued to struggle with rear end grip, and despite totalling 38 laps didn't appear to have found comfortable settings for him by the end of the 90 minute session. As in previous races however, Raikkonen has usually emerged ahead on Friday, only to see Vettel get the better of him when qualifying comes.
With Vettel out of position, Fernando Alonso led the midfield pack in 6th, ahead of Ocon, Sainz, Magnussen and Hulkenberg. Sergio Perez followed up in 12th as Force India slipped down the ranking order a bit compared to FP1.
At the back, it's again Stoffel Vandoorne, who is 19th, just like in the first session. It's hardly encouraging for the Belgian, as he ended up slower than Stroll, who dubbed his car undriveable, and ahead only of Marcus Ericsson, whose Sauber Ferrari encountered a gearbox issue after jut 8 laps.
|1||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer||1:42.795||-||35|
|3||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer||1:42.911||+0.116s||27|
|6||14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Renault||1:43.700||+0.905s||34|
|7||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India Mercedes||1:43.814||+1.019s||30|
|9||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari||1:43.977||+1.182s||29|
|12||11||Sergio Perez||Force India Mercedes||1:44.142||+1.347s||31|
|13||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari||1:44.425||+1.630s||27|
|14||18||Lance Stroll||Williams Mercedes||1:44.459||+1.664s||31|
|15||10||Pierre Gasly||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:44.712||+1.917s||39|
|16||16||Charles Leclerc||Sauber Ferrari||1:44.940||+2.145s||30|
|17||35||Sergey Sirotkin||Williams Mercedes||1:45.007||+2.212s||33|
|18||28||Brendon Hartley||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:45.051||+2.256s||36|
|19||2||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren Renault||1:45.288||+2.493s||29|
|20||9||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber Ferrari||1:46.042||+3.247s||9|