George Russell tops Mexican Grand Prix FP2, Leclerc crashes

George Russell tops Mexican Grand Prix FP2, Leclerc crashes

Mercedes’ George Russell set the quickest lap of the second practice session for the 2022 FIA Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix ahead of AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc brought out the red flags after crashing in a session extended to 90 minutes to allow for testing of Pirelli’s 2023 tyres.

The usual 60-minute session was extended to 90 minutes to provide for running on the softer end of Pirelli’s range of prototype tyres for next year, after the harder compounds were run in Austin last weekend.

However, drivers who give up their seats to rookie drivers in FP1 were allowed to run 2022 tyre compounds during FP2 and Russell, whose Mercedes was driven Nyck de Vries in the early session, topped FP2 using 2022 soft tyres thanks to a time of 1m19.970. That put him finishing eight-tenths of a second clear of second-placed Tsunoda whose place at AlphaTauri in FP1 was taken by Liam Lawson while Esteban Ocon who had been replaced at Alpine by Jack Doohan, was a further four-tenths of a second behind in third for Alpine.

Elsewhere the focus was on the prototype tyres and the fate gathering runs specified by Pirelli. However, running was interrupted 33 minutes into the session when Leclerc lost the rear of his Ferrari in Turn 7 and slid rearwards into the barriers.

The red flags were shown and a 20-minute halt ensure as the barriers were repaired. Following the resumption drivers returned to tyre testing for the rest of the session.

Though the times were largely meaningless, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton finished fourth in the session, though he was 1.5 seconds down on team-mate Russell.

Sergio Pérez was fifth, just seven-hundredths behind Hamilton, with the Mexican’s Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen in sixth place.

Leclerc’s best time from early in the session was good enough to earn him seventh place ahead of Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz, while Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly rounded out the top 10.

At the end of the session Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu brought out the red flags after reporting a hydraulic failure, He was told to pull over and stop his car in the Foro Sol stadium section and the session was ended with a little under two minutes left on the clock.

2022 FIA Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix – Free Practice 2
1 George Russell Mercedes 1:19.970 32 193.752
2 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Red Bull 1:20.798 0.828 30 191.767
3 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1:21.177 1.207 31 190.871
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.509 1.539 32 190.094
5 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:21.579 1.609 34 189.931
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:21.588 1.618 34 189.910
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:21.618 1.648 13 189.840
8 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:21.693 1.723 34 189.666
9 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:21.993 2.023 36 188.972
10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Red Bull 1:22.104 2.134 36 188.716
11 Fernando Alonso Alpine/Renault 1:22.337 2.367 31 188.182
12 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin/Mercedes 1:22.371 2.401 32 188.105
13 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 1:22.447 2.477 24 187.931
14 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1:22.738 2.768 31 187.270
15 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren/Mercedes 1:22.763 2.793 27 187.214
16 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1:22.840 2.870 23 187.040
17 Mick Schumacher Haas/Ferrari 1:22.879 2.909 31 186.952
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1:23.316 3.346 21 185.971
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes 1:23.320 3.350 34 185.962
20 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:23.369 3.399 34 185.853

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