FP2: Bottas fastest on Friday

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F1 Grand Prix, GP France, Circuit Paul Ricardfr

The second practice session ahead of the French Grand Prix saw Valtteri Bottas go fastest, 4 tenths quicker than team mate Lewis Hamilton who used the harder medium compound tyres. Charles Leclerc was again third fastest for Ferrari.

Conditions remained tricky, and even the Mercedes drivers were found slightly unhappy after the session, despite having once again topped the session. Both drivers claimed they were after improved car balance.

Ferrari's third and fourth has become a bit normal, but the Scuderia is adamant there is more to come as they will seek improvements overnight. Ferrari were busy trying out various new parts, including a new front wing and diffuser. Performance evaluation of these parts should allow the team to create their best possible package for the remainder of the weekend.

McLaren's drivers on the other hand were much more happy, though Sainz still complained of his car. Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz still managed to sandwich Max Verstappen in 6th with the second Red Bull from Pierre Gasly following up in 8th.

Kimi Raikkonen ended up 9th as Kevin Magnussen completed the top 10. The latter's performance came in stark contrast with Romain Grosjean's continued struggles. It seems like their exchanged roles, with this time Grosjean swearing about car balance and tyre performance after Magnussen had done the same during the Canadian Grand Prix.

At the back, George Russell was again in the Williams after Nicholas Latifi had completed FP1 in his car. Russell was quickly on it, and ended the session 6 tenths ahead of team mate Robert Kubica.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
177Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:30.937-34
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:31.361+0.424s25
316Charles LeclercFerrari1:31.586+0.649s31
45Sebastian VettelFerrari1:31.665+0.728s32
54Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:31.882+0.945s31
633Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:32.049+1.112s29
755Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault1:32.432+1.495s27
810Pierre GaslyRed Bull Racing Honda1:32.448+1.511s29
97Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:32.677+1.740s34
1020Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:32.789+1.852s30
1199Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:32.973+2.036s34
123Daniel RicciardoRenault1:33.020+2.083s34
1323Alexander AlbonScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:33.023+2.086s35
1427Nico HulkenbergRenault1:33.081+2.144s32
1526Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:33.254+2.317s37
1611Sergio PerezRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:33.300+2.363s30
178Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:33.591+2.654s27
1818Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:33.884+2.947s32
1963George RussellWilliams Mercedes1:34.614+3.677s33
2088Robert KubicaWilliams Mercedes1:35.195+4.258s32