Charles Leclerc driving the Ferrari SF90 at Baku (2019)

Charles Leclerc driving the Ferrari SF90 at Baku (2019)

Event: Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Track: Baku street circuit

Weather: 18.3-16.7°C sunny & dry
Tarmac: 36.2-26.8°C dry
Humidity: 54.1%
Wind: 1.5 m//s
Pressure: 1025.6 bar

After the very short FP1 session, due to a loose man hole cover, all 320 man hole covers were checked and the street circuit was called safe again in Baku for the second free practice towards the Azerbaijan Formula 1 Grand Prix. George Russel's Williams was severely damaged by the impact with the man hole cover in FP1. His car has to almost be rebuild completely and therefor wasn't able to drive in this FP2 session.

Because the cars hardly run any laps in FP1 it was very busy on the track right away at the start off the session. Just like in FP1 the session was red flagged after 15 minutes. This time Lance Stroll had hit the barrier with the Racing Point in turn 2. He damaged the complete left front of the RP19 and had to end his FP2 after 8 laps. Because of the red flag all cars had to go to the pits and wait there until the track was clear again. It took over 10 minutes before the track was ready.

The track was still very green and we saw a lot of drivers fighting for grip and using escape roads to avoid a collisions for not making the corner. Almost every driver out braked himself or couldn't make a corner.

Ferrari dominated the session and both drivers leaded by Charles Leclerc in front of Sebastian Vettel topped the time sheet the whole session. Two/third into the session it was Toro Rosso driver who caused the second red flag of this FP2 when he hit the wall coming out of turn 7. The brake of his left front was so hot, that flames came out of his rim when he stepped out of the car.

With 17 minutes to go the track was cleared and both Ferrari's got out the pits as first. The Racing Point team worked hard to get Lance Stroll's car fixed and get going again. Stroll did get into his car, but didn't make it to the track.

In the last laps of FP2 Haas driver Kevin Magnussen and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton almost collided in turn one of the fastest turns of the track

The fastest lap time of last year was 1:42.795 driven by Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull RB14.

FP2 Lap Times 2019 Azerbaijan GP

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time 1st Gap Laps Tyres
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:42.872 28 Soft
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:43.196 +0.324s 28 Soft
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:43.541 +0.669s 31 Soft
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:43.793 +0.921s 24 Soft
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:44.003 +1.131s 31 Soft
6 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:44.177 +1.305s 9 Soft
7 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:44.183 +1.311s 27 Soft
8 23 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1:44.216 +1.344s 33 Soft
9 10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:44.240 +1.368s 24 Soft
10 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:44.295 +1.423s 32 Soft
11 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:44.901 +2.029s 25 Soft
12 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:45.366 +2.494s 31 Soft
13 11 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:45.436 +2.564s 28 Soft
14 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:45.482 +2.610s 30 Soft
15 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:45.483 +2.611s 15 Soft
16 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:45.618 +2.746s 31 Soft
17 27 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:46.717 +3.845s 24 Soft
18 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:47.875 +5.003s 8 Medium
19 88 Robert Kubica Williams 1:48.111 +5.239s 27 Soft
20 63 George Russell Williams no time - - -

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One F1 fan comment on “Lap times 2nd free practice 2019 Azerbaijan F1 GP

  1. Richard Muller

    Street circuits begat crashes, which seem to multiply the more times you drive them. Since the track is not in use that often that also means low grip, unless you put down a semi-adhesive compound like NASCAR does — which would probably wear out much faster due to higher cornering G's. As is also normal with street circuits, lap times don't change that much until qualifying, and then retreat during the race.


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