TURKISH GP – Lewis Hamilton fastest by a tenth from Charles Leclerc in second practice

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Lewis Hamilton continued to top the times after going a tenth and a half faster than the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in second practice for the Turkish Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver continued to set the pace with a 23.804 putting him ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas by four-tenths.

However the seven-time champion will not start at the front on Sunday because of a grid penalty for taking a new ICE and gaining a ten-place grid penalty. But he showed Mercedes has the slight edge as did Bottas who was a tenth and a half quicker than the Red Bull of Sergio Perez.

Bottas suffered two lock ups at Turn One and ran wide both at the beginning and end of the session. Perez was seven hundredths faster than his teammate Max Verstappen, the dutchman appearing to struggle with understeer during his soft tyre run as well as strange car behaviour mid-corner where he was also encountering random snaps of oversteer.

Verstappen almost nine-tenths off Hamilton on his first run, though he closed to six-tenths ending the session fifth. It looks as if the Red Bull driver was struggling to find balance and pace in the car, something which could impact his attempts to limit to try and t

Lando Norris was sixth fastest seven-tenths off, the McLaren driver was first to switch to the long runs and finished ahead of the two Alpine’s. Fernando Alonso going a hundredth faster than teammate Esteban Ocon, despite the two-time champion having big moment of oversteer at Turn Three on his flying lap.

Ocon was eighth going nine hundredths faster than his French counterpart Pierre Gasly, the Alpha Tauri driver was another driver who struggled with oversteer. Ocon did stop on track when doing his practice start after the chequered flag.

Gasly having a spin through Turn Six after running wide, sliding off after clipping the kerb but managed to avoid the barrier.

Antonio Giovinazzi spilt the two Alpha Tauri’s going tenth, eight-hundredths faster than Yuki Tsunoda. Giovinazzi’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen ended the session fifteenth, the Finn complaining halfway through the session about water leaking onto his feet, but was able to re-join for the final third.

Lance Stroll was thirteenth going four hundredths faster than Daniel Ricciardo, the McLaren driver the only other apart from Hamilton to set his time on the soft. However, Ricciardo was unable to improve finishing a second and quarter behind Hamilton with his best time on the hard.

The circuit did appear to have improved from last year but also mistakes were being made, joining Bottas in going wide was Carlos Sainz who finished twelfth. Nicolas Latifi had two spins at Turn Nine-Ten Chicane, the second on saw him lose the front and go into the runoff.

Latifi was seventeenth going half a hundredth faster than his Williams teammate George Russell. Mick Schumacher once again was faster than his Haas teammate Nikita Mazepin, rounding out the field.

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