Event: French F1 Grand Prix
Track: Paul Ricard Circuit

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

Max Verstappen driving the Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard

Weather: dry  27.3°C
Tarmac: dry  46.9°C
Humidity : 42.7%
Wind : 1.1 m/s SE
Pressure: 968.3 bar

The ambient temperatures was a bit warmer at the start of the second practice for the French F1 GP than in FP1.

15 minutes into the session a virtual safety car was deployed to clean up the track. Max Verstappen had lost the left side of the Red Bull RB16 wing-end plate. The Dutch driver drove back to pits to get a new front wing. The team asked the FIA if they could get their piece of carbon back.

At this time Valteri Bottas topped the timesheet with the Mercedes with a 1:32.880 min on the medium compound. His teammate Lewis Hamilton was 2nd on +0.4s and Max Verstappen was 3rd on +1s.

Esteban Ocon was showing some extra pace on home soil, as he was 3rd quickest halfway the session in Alpine  A521.

1:30.937 min was the fastest lap time of last FP2 in France back in 2019. It was clocked by Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes W10. At that moment Hamilton told his team on the radio "There is something not right with the car, man!" just as he had done a hot lap and wasn't able to beat Bottas' lap time.

After that Verstappen did a flying lap on a set of softs. He scored a first purple sector, had a lot of traffic and was 0.008s quicker than Bottas. Fernando Alonso now also had found some pace in the Alpine and only was 0.5s  on P4  'only' slower than Verstappen.

FP2 Times Table 2021 French GP

PNoDriverTeamLap TimeP1  GapLapsTyres
133Max VerstappenRed Bull1:32,87221🔴S (C4)
277Valtteri BottasMercedes1:32,8800,00827🟡M (C3)
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:33,1250,25323🔴S (C4)
414Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:33,3400,46825🔴S (C4)
516Charles LeclercFerrari1:33,5500,67823🔴S (C4)
631Esteban OconAlpine1:33,6850,81323🔴S (C4)
710Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:33,6960,82425🔴S (C4)
855Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1:33,6980,82624🔴S (C4)
97Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:33,7860,91426🔴S (C4)
104Lando NorrisMcLaren1:33,8220,95024🔴S (C4)
1199Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:33,8310,95923🔴S (C4)
1211Sergio PérezRed Bull1:33,9211,04924🔴S (C4)
1322Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:33,9551,08325🔴S (C4)
143Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:34,0791,20724🔴S (C4)
155Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:34,4471,57525🟡M (C3)
1618Lance StrollAston Martin1:34,6321,76024🟡M (C3)
1763George RussellWilliams1:35,2662,39425🔴S (C4)
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:35,3312,45925🔴S (C4)
1947Mick SchumacherHaas1:35,5122,64024🔴S (C4)
209Nikita MazepinHaas1:35,5512,67923🔴S (C4)


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5 F1 Fan comments on “Second Free Practice Results 2021 French F1 GP

  1. ReallyOldRacer

    Yes, it's only Friday, but perhaps this will quiet the BOTbashers. He complains about the chassis for two races, gets a pre-planned chassis swap with Sir Lewis, and all of a sudden he is competitive and HAM is down 3 tenths. Hmmm.


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