Max fifth in Turkey FP2: 'Not the best day'

Published on 08 October 2021 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen finished Friday practice of the Turkish Grand Prix in fifth. Lewis Hamilton was quickest in his Mercedes, followed by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas.

“We tried some different things compared to FP1”, explained Max after the afternoon session. “But FP1 wasn’t that great either. We’re having a bit of a look what to do.”

He added: “It’s a bit different around here. We don’t have a lot of data on this circuit with these cars. We’ve got a busy evening ahead of us to improve it all, as today wasn’t a great day. But the track is great in these conditions.”

Looking ahead to the remainder of the weekend, Max concluded: “Hopefully we can improve, otherwise it’s not looking good. But we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. We have to focus on ourselves after not so great a day, so we’ll get to work.”

At the start of second practice, it is busy from the moment the pit lane opens; within two minutes, all drivers are out on track collecting valuable data.

Nicolas Latifi is the first driver to cause a yellow flag by spinning his Williams in turn nine, quickly followed by Carlos Sainz going off-piste at turn one. Both drivers can continue without any damage.

Twenty minutes into the session, it is time for qualifying simulations. Similar to the morning session, it is Hamilton who sets the pace. Max is able to improve his lap time on both his flying lap, but P5 is his highest position on the leader boards he occupies.

With only a quarter of an hour remaining, Max heads out on a set of mediums that he used at the start of the session. It indicates that he, like the rest of the grid, has now turned the focus on race simulations.

In the closing stages, several drivers go over the limit; Max has a moment in turn seven, Pierre Gasly goes off-track at turn six, Nikita Mazepin leaves the circuit at turn eight and Nicolas Latifi rounds out the day’s action with a moment at turn nine. 

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Results second free practice Turkey:

1Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:23.804 29
2Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:23.970+0.166s28
3Valtteri BottasBOTMercedes1:24.214+0.410s30
4Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing Honda1:24.373+0.569s27
5Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda1:24.439+0.635s26
6Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:24.525+0.721s23
7Fernando AlonsoALOAlpine Renault1:24.660+0.856s20
8Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:24.672+0.868s25
9Pierre GaslyGASAlphaTauri Honda1:24.756+0.952s31
10Antonio GiovinazziGIOAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:24.796+0.992s28
11Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri Honda1:24.882+1.078s29
12Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:24.903+1.099s33
13Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:25.020+1.216s30
14Daniel RicciardoRICMcLaren Mercedes1:25.060+1.256s22
15Kimi RäikkönenRAIAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:25.143+1.339s26
16Sebastian VettelVETAston Martin Mercedes1:25.229+1.425s29
17Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:25.307+1.503s29
18George RussellRUSWilliams Mercedes1:25.358+1.554s28
19Mick SchumacherMSCHaas Ferrari1:25.480+1.676s25
20Nikita MazepinMAZHaas Ferrari1:25.698+1.894s24