Photo: Mercedes F1 team
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time during the second practice session at the Portimao circuit. The seven-time F1 champion was only a tenth faster than Verstappen, which promises for the rest of the race weekend.
The start of the second practice session for the GP of Portugal was delayed by a few minutes after there was a problem with a water drainage manhole cover. In the end, however, the session could start with some delay and the manhole cover in question did not cause additional problems.
Once the light turned green we immediately got a lot of cars on the track, the coffee break had clearly lasted long enough for most drivers.
During the morning session, Max Verstappen was only a handful of thousandths slower than Valtteri Bottas who set the fastest time in the Mercedes. The Dutchman clearly wanted to change that during the second practice session. However, they did not let themselves be done at Mercedes …
Ultimately, it was Lewis Hamilton who set the fastest time, ahead of Max Verstappen and teammate Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton was a tenth faster than Verstappen, but his best time was slower than Valtteri Bottas’ fastest time this morning.
01 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:19.837 33
02 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:19.980 26
03 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 20.181 28
04 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 20.197 33
05 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:20.220 32
06 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:20.235 31
07 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 20.360 33
08 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1: 20.418 31
09 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:20.427 28
10 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 20.516 34
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:20.558 28
12 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 20.757 32
13 George Russell Williams 1:20.976 33
14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 21.053 33
15 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:21.074 32
16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 21.225 22
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 21.238 32
18 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:21.537 29
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:21.855 31
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:22.638 28
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