FP2: Ocon tops final practice ahead of the Brazil F1 Sprint

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Alpine's French driver Esteban Ocon set the pace ahead of Red Bull's Sergio Perez in the second and final practice session for the Sao Paulo Grand Prix ahead of the F1 Sprint. F1Technical's Balázs Szabó reports on Free Practice 2 in Brazil.

Although parc ferme conditions kicked in at the start of yesterday’s qualifying session, drivers were eager to get mileage under their belt in preparation for today’s 24-lap Sprint and tomorrow’s 71-lap Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

The first minutes saw Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull racer Sergio Perez dictate the pace around the 4.309km track that made its debut back in 1973.

However, Alpine sent Esteban Ocon out on to the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on a relatively fresh set of soft Pirelli tyres and on probably slightly lower fuel load on which the Frenchman capitalised on to set the benchmark of the session with a 1m14.604.

The Alpine driver was 0.184s faster than second-placed Perez’s Red Bull on Pirelli’s C4 tyres, with Mercedes’ George Russell 0.312s adrift in third place on the same compound. Fernando Alonso put his Alpine fourth ahead of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

With a late effort, Pierre Gasly ended the session in P7, beating the Haas duo of Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen. His team mate Yuki Tsunoda set the 12th fastest lap after a very difficult Friday that saw the Japanese driver struggle for grip both on dry and damp conditions.

Having been unwell on Thursday, Lando Norris turned out to be the faster McLaren driver, finishing tenth fastest with his team mate Daniel Ricciardo taking 14th.

Ferrari drivers appeared to struggle with tyre wear with both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz completing a very long high fuel stint on the soft and the medium compound. The Monegasque ended the session in P13, two places behind his team mate.

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel were the most diligent drivers by completing 42 and 43 laps respectively, but the failed to impress with their speed. The Canadian finished the session down in P17, a position ahead of his four-time German teammate.

At the bottom of the FP2 timesheets was FIA F2 driver Logan Sargeant, who replaced Alex Albon and completed 100km of running (24 laps) to earn an extra point in his chase for a superlicence, with the American set to make his F1 debut with Williams in 2023.

The Grove based outfit's Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi notched up a total of 33 laps on his way to P16 in the final practice session.


131Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:14.60427
211Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Rbpt1:14.788+0.184s36
363George RussellMercedes1:14.916+0.312s31
414Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault1:15.049+0.445s29
51Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Rbpt1:15.098+0.494s30
644Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:15.137+0.533s32
710Pierre GaslyAlphatauri Rbpt1:15.636+1.032s31
847Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari1:15.684+1.080s40
920Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:15.815+1.211s37
104Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:15.851+1.247s24
1155Carlos SainzFerrari1:15.856+1.252s37
1222Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Rbpt1:15.865+1.261s31
1316Charles LeclercFerrari1:15.868+1.264s36
143Daniel RicciardoMclaren Mercedes1:15.994+1.390s28
1577Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:16.047+1.443s33
166Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:16.181+1.577s33
1718Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:16.263+1.659s42
185Sebastian VettelAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:16.400+1.796s43
1924Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:16.468+1.864s36
2045Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:16.480+1.876s28