FP2: Leclerc tops extended practice session in Austin as drivers test 2023 Pirelli tyres

2022 United States Grand Prix FP2 report and highlights: Leclerc tops extended second practice session in Austin as drivers test 2023 tyres

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  • READ MORE: Sainz leads Verstappen as four drivers make their debut at COTA With weather conditions hot and sunny at the Circuit of The Americas, it proved to be an ideal session for Pirelli to gather representative data on their work-in-progress compounds prior to a planned post-season test for the definitive versions in Abu Dhabi.
  • Alongside Leclerc and Ferrari, several other drivers and teams conducted bespoke programmes for a portion of FP2 before focusing on the tyre test, with McLaren, Alfa Romeo, Williams and Haas also given dispensation for running ‘rookie’ drivers in FP1.
  • POSITION TIME 1 Charles Leclerc LEC Ferrari 1:36.810 2 Valtteri Bottas BOT Alfa Romeo +0.715s 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC McLaren +0.817s 4 Carlos Sainz SAI Ferrari +1.422s 5 Mick Schumacher MSC Haas F1 Team +2.697s Indeed, FP2 marked the first laps of the weekend for Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas, Nicholas Latifi and Kevin Magnussen – the latter looking to recover lost mileage at Haas after Antonio Giovinazzi’s crash in the opening session.
  • George Russell was almost a second down on team mate Hamilton in 13th, splitting the other AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo machines of Yuki Tsunoda and Zhou Guanyu, with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll dropping from P4 in FP1 to P15 in FP2.

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