FP2: Red Bull 'feels alive' as Verstappen goes fastest

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Max Verstappen has warned rivals he is a force to be reckoned with this weekend at Sochi. The Dutchman Red Bull driver went fastest in the second practice session, topping Charles Leclerc, who was fastest in the morning session.

Verstappen enjoyed a 0.335s advantage over man on form Leclerc, triggering the Dutchman to state after the session that his weekend so far has been really positive.

“The whole day already, the last sector has been really good, so if you have a good feeling with the car then of course the car comes alive in the last sector, which is very positive especially after Singapore where it was a bit of a struggle. Yeah we’ve made some good set-up directions here,” he said.

Behind Leclerc in second was Valtteri Bottas. The 2017 Sochi winner was nearly 7 tenths slower than the pace setter, though it appeared, just in in FP1, that Mercedes weren't totally focused on high performance runs, and aiming more towards setup optimisation for long runs.

Pierre Gasly ended up 6th fastest for Toro Rosso, 2 tenths ahead of Red Bull's Albon who was just 10th. In between them are the Racing Point cars of Perez and Stroll, with Hulkenberg sandwished in between them.

Lando Norris was the fastest McLaren driver in 11th, and with Carlos Sainz just 17th, McLaren have work to do overnight.


133Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:33.162-29
216Charles LeclercFerrari1:33.497+0.335s33
377Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:33.808+0.646s22
444Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:33.960+0.798s32
55Sebastian VettelFerrari1:34.201+1.039s32
610Pierre GaslyScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:34.971+1.809s26
711Sergio PerezRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:34.998+1.836s31
827Nico HulkenbergRenault1:35.026+1.864s33
918Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:35.176+2.014s31
1023Alexander AlbonRed Bull Racing Honda1:35.216+2.054s18
114Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:35.223+2.061s33
1226Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:35.337+2.175s38
1320Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:35.351+2.189s26
143Daniel RicciardoRenault1:35.370+2.208s28
157Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:35.374+2.212s34
168Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:35.593+2.431s31
1755Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault1:35.635+2.473s29
1899Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:36.004+2.842s29
1963George RussellWilliams Mercedes1:36.785+3.623s38
2088Robert KubicaWilliams Mercedes1:37.838+4.676s36