Event: Turkish F1 Grand Prix
Track: Istanbul Park Circuit

Carlos Sainz driving the SF21 on Istanbul Park circuit

Weather: dry 19.9°C
Tarmac: dry 29.2°C
Humidity: 68.1%
Wind: 0.8 m/s E
Pressure: 1003.1 bar

Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi was the first to break the silence and went out right away when the second practice for the 2021 Turkish GP started. All other 19 drivers followed his example to collect the needed data and prepare for qualifying and the race.

After five minutes the quickest clocked lap time was a 1:25.278 min, driven by Sergio Perez in the Red Bull on medium tyres. Lewis Hamilton was complaining about having a lot of understeer on the medium tyres. The Mercedes driver went in the pits for a new set of mediums and didn't clock any lap time until 10 minutes were passed. Hamilton was only 0.001s slower than Perez and driving exactly the same time as Bottas.

A few moments later Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc pushed down Perez, when he was fastest with a 1:24.102 min also on medium tyres. Hamilton was still complaining about not getting the mediums onto the right temperature.

After 17 minutes all cars, except Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz were driven back to the pits to make adjustments to optimise the cars. Becuase the grip level of current track conditions is very different than last year's GP, the teams and drivers have to adapt a lot.

Half way the session the top 5 was: 1. Hamilton, 2. Leclerc, 3. Bottas, 4. Perez & 5. Verstappen all on soft tyres.

With 25 minutes to go Kimi Raikkonen told his Alfa Romeo team his feet were getting wet, because the drinking system was leaking. The Finnish driver went back to the garage to get it fixed and get back to doing his long runs.

The long runs looked very good for Hamilton and Leclerc. Verstappen's times were disappointing and were over 0.4s slower than his title rival Hamilton.

Last year Max Verstappen was quickest in FP2 The Red Bull driver then clocked a 1:28.330 min.

FP2 Times Table 2021 Turkish GP

PNoDriverTeamTime1st GapLapsTyres
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:23,80429🔴S (C4)
216Charles LeclercFerrari1:23,970+0,166s28🔴S (C4)
377Valtteri BottasMercedes1:24,214+0,410s30🔴S (C4)
411Sergio PérezRed Bull1:24,373+0,569s27🔴S (C4)
533Max VerstappenRed Bull1:24,439+0,635s26🔴S (C4)
64Lando NorrisMcLaren1:24,525+0,721s23🔴S (C4)
714Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:24,660+0,856s20🔴S (C4)
831Esteban OconAlpine1:24,672+0,868s25🔴S (C4)
910Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:24,756+0,952s31🔴S (C4)
1099Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:24,796+0,992s28🔴S (C4)
1122Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:24,882+1,078s29🔴S (C4)
1255Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1:24,903+1,099s33🔴S (C4)
1318Lance StrollAston Martin1:25,020+1,216s30🔴S (C4)
143Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:25,060+1,256s22⚪H (C2)
157Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:25,143+1,339s26🔴S (C4)
165Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:25,229+1,425s29🔴S (C4)
176Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:25,307+1,503s29🔴S (C4)
1863George RussellWilliams1:25,358+1,554s28🔴S (C4)
1947Mick SchumacherHaas1:25,480+1,676s25🔴S (C4)
209Nikita MazepinHaas1:25,698+1,894s24🔴S (C4)


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4 F1 Fan comments on “Second Free Practice Results 2021 Turkish F1 GP

  1. Maximus

    Can't help thinking Max is sandbagging to help Mercedes decide on grid penalty. He'll be pole and Lewis will be stuck behind some very fast and difficult cars.

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  2. Ricardo

    Yes, likely that Max doesn't want to show his true form just yet. Then again that's a well worn tactic employed by many teams/drivers. How often have Merc/RB/Ferrari in past years played it cool during practice only to come alive in Quali? Qual-1/2 still often sees a sub par times only for some (eg Lewis) to pump in an improvement over his teammate in dying seconds of Q3?

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