Date of issue: June 21, 2019
The talk of re-launching the route in an unsafe manner was once again opened … oh and Valtteri Bottas was fastest on FP2 in France.
While Sebastian Vettel was ahead of Canada's lead, Lewis Hamilton's turn was at the heart of the conversation after his turn and his subsequent return to the track forced Max Verstappen into some vague action.
The FIA is investigating this new event, which happened just hours after meeting with Ferrari to discuss what happened in Canada.
Breed testing: The Hamilton and Verstappen case will be investigated after the session.
What happened? This incident … https://t.co/cw2PbwgC7a
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Ferrari and the FIA met 45 minutes before the second exercise session for about 30 minutes, with Scuderia saying they had "overwhelming" new evidence to show they had reasons to make a formal appeal for the penalty.
The FIA will announce its decision on whether further action will be taken in due course. And now I too for the Hamilton event.
In any case … back to the meeting in hand. Bottas was the fastest of all with 1: 30.937, with Hamilton four tenths overall overall. Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel remained somewhat out of pace at P3 and P4 respectively.
Lando Norris was a surprise in the first place, showing good pace in both hard and soft tires.
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A middle tire spot was the first on the majority of the match, with Bottas (1: 31.110) standing over the pile after the first 30 minutes of the session. Hamilton was two tenths at P2, while Verstappen was nine tenths behind.
McLaren's Lando Norris put an early impressive moment on the songs that was enough to put him on P4, 1.3 seconds down in the early stages.
The big vibrations for Romain Grosjean ensured that he would lose more time after the water leak that destroyed the FP1 session.
Hamilton's first attempt on the soft lap on the softs did not go on to design, as he lost the back of the car, ran through the corner and pulled a pile for the good measure. He also put Verstappen in danger when re-entering the track, reopening the wormhole.
The administrators confirmed a little later that the incident would be investigated.
Bottas, meanwhile, has found some marginal improvement to begin with the 1:30 benchmark decline.
Ferrari made some quiet progress in the leaderboard, still in the media, as Leclerc closed to six tenths of the best Bottas to sit at P3. Vettel a tenth back to P4.
Norris took another eye again, this time softly and within a second of Bottas on P5.
With long journeys going through no other serious incidents (and Mercedes still comfortably dominates at a pace), all eyes are now back to the FIA …
Performance Table FP2:
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 30.937 33 S
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0,424s 25 M
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0,649s 30 S
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0,728s 31 S
5 Lando Norris McLaren 0,945s 30 S
6 Max. Verstappen Red Bull 1.112s 28 S
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.495s 27 S
8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1.511s 28 S
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1.740s 34 S
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.852s 29 S
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 2.036s 34 S
12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 2.083s 33 M
13 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso 2.086s 34 S
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 2.144s 31 S
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 2.317s 36 S
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point 2.363s 29 S
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 2.654s 27 S
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 2.947s 31 S
19 George Russell Williams 3.677s 33 S
20 Robert Kubic Williams 4.258s 32 S
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