Lewis Hamilton seems determined to get back to winning ways this weekend, with the Mercedes star making it two out of two on Friday by topping the timesheet in FP2.
Hamilton put in a mighty lap of 1m 32.539s on a cooler track than in FP1 to lead the second practice session in a row, this time by a whopping margin of 0.704s. The two drivers who got closest to the Briton were Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, whose times around the blustery Circuit Paul Ricard were closely matched.
Valtteri Bottas might have been able to match Mercedes team mate Hamilton, but an issue with a water leak that meant the floor had to come off his car put paid to the Finn’s session before the end of the first hour, with Bottas watching the rest of the running in the garage.
Ferrari looked to be their usual cards-close-to-their-chest-on-Friday selves, with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel going fourth and fifth fastest, with Vettel over a second behind Hamilton. Expect to see some more competitive times from the Scuderia during Saturday’s running…
It was yet another strong session for Haas' Romain Grosjean, who was once again the fastest local driver, finishing sixth for the second session running. The American squad will also be buoyed by the performance of Kevin Magnussen, who wound up P9 behind the stricken Bottas and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso. It seems as though Haas are the leading contenders for that prized ‘best of the rest’ mantle in France this weekend.
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