Event: Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix
Track: Baku Street Circuit

Second Free F1 Practice Results 2021 Azerbaijan F1 GP (FP2)

Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit

Weather: dry  27.9°C
Tarmac: dry  48.3°C
Humidity : 38.8%
Wind : 0.6 m/s ZW
Pressure: 1015.6 bar

The weather during the second free practice for the upcoming Azerbaijan GP was still very good. Because the practice sessions are half an hour shorter the teams kicked off the session right away to test other tyre compounds.

Because FP2 is held at the same time as tomorrow's qualifying session, the second practice is very important. In the first 10 minutes of the session we saw again a lot drivers out-braking themselves.

After 15 minutes the engine in the back of Nicholas Latifi's Williams tuned off after he reversed out of the escape route of turn 3. A red flag period was the result. Latifi's got recovered and the session was restarted at 16:19 local time.

Right after the restart it was Carlos Sainz who was topping the timesheet with the Ferrari on softs with a 1:42.243 min. His teammate Charles Leclerc was on P2 looking at a gap of 0.193s. Surprisingly quick was Antonio Giovinazzi in the Alfa Romeo who was on P3 for a breve moment when Leclerc was pushing to hard to beat his teammate and ended up in the barrier of turn 15 and demolished his front wing. He was able to drive back to the pits to get a new nose on the car.

Half way the session Lewis Hamilton was only 10th fastest in the Mercedes, while his teammate Valtteri Bottas was even slower on P15. On the other hand their rivals at Red Bull were flying! Sergio Perez was even quickest with a 1:42.115 min his teammate Max Verstappen was on P2 and 0.101s slower, just beating Sainz.

With 15 minutes to go both Mercedes drivers were pushed out of the top 10. The leaderboard was looking like this: 1, Perez, 2. Verstappen, 3. Sainz, 4. Leclerc, 5. Gasley, 6. Alonso, 7. Giovinazzi, 8. Norris, 9. Ocon and 10. Tsunoda.

In the end both Mercedes drivers stayed way behind the Perez' lap time. Bottas even was over 2 seconds slower in the W12!

1:42.872 min was the fastest lap time of last FP2 in Azerbaijan back in 2019. It was clocked by Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari SF90.

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FP2 Times Table 2021 Azerbaijan GP

PNoDriverTeamLap TimeP1  GapLapsTyres
111Sergio PérezRed Bull1:42,11522S (C5)
233Max VerstappenRed Bull1:42,2160,10123S (C5)
355Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1:42,2430,12824S (C5)
416Charles LeclercFerrari1:42,4360,32122S (C5)
510Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:42,5340,41926S (C5)
614Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:42,6930,57824S (C5)
799Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:42,9410,82625S (C5)
84Lando NorrisMcLaren1:43,0180,90324S (C5)
931Esteban OconAlpine1:43,0200,90523S (C5)
1022Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:43,1301,01525S (C5)
1144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:43,1561,04124S (C5)
127Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:43,2201,10523S (C5)
133Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:43,2981,18323S (C5)
1418Lance StrollAston Martin1:43,8121,69721S (C5)
155Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:43,8811,76622S (C5)
1677Valtteri BottasMercedes1:44,1842,06923S (C5)
1763George RussellWilliams1:44,5572,44224S (C5)
189Nikita MazepinHaas1:45,5633,44823S (C5)
1947Mick SchumacherHaas1:46,0953,98012S (C5)
206Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:46,9834,8685M (C4)

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3 F1 Fan comments on “Second Free Practice Results 2021 Azerbaijan F1 GP

  1. shroppyfly

    It must be all those missing engineers... or thinking about all the gardening there gonna be doing.Tonto in a strop perhaps ?

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has turned down media requests after a poor opening day of practice ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

    As a result of the dismal day, Wolff was straight into debrief mode rather than heading into the paddock area for his usual post-session interviews.

    “Toto Wolff has declined to come out and speak to any media,” Sky F1’s Simon Lazenby reported from Baku. “We can understand that.

    “He’s gone straight to talk to his engineers to try to find out what on earth has happened [today].”

    • DaGriff

      I think it’s what makes a driven team. Using every possible available minute to figure out how to come back. It’s unusual for them to be that far back. Loosing for them is coming in 3rd or 4th. 11th and 16th is something is broken. And we need to figure it out and we only have 24 hours to figure it out. Also, I don’t think media interviews is an obligation it’s part of the traveling circus as the interviews only benefits the fans. Interviews don’t make the car go faster.


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