Austin FP2: Max second behind Hamilton

Published on 20 October 2017 by Stefan Meens

After a fourth place in FP1, Max Verstappen was second quickest in the second practice session of the US Grand Prix. Similar to the earlier session, Lewis Hamilton was quickest in his Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, completed the top three. Max’s Red Bull Racing team mate, Daniel Ricciardo, was fifth.

Fernando Alonso is the first driver out on track. The Spaniard, who has extended his contract with McLaren, was plagued by hydraulic issues in FP1, resulting in only four laps. Daniil Kvyat, back after losing his seat to Pierre Gasly, but now taking the place of Carlos Sainz (now Renault) is the first driver to clock a time.

Meanwhile, both Haas taking the honor for first spins of the session with Romain Grosjean losing control of his car, shortly followed by Kevin Magnussen. Both drivers are able to continue without any damage.

Ten minutes into the session sees Max head out for the first time. The youngster clearly enjoys the Circuit Of The Americas; despite having bolted on the hard Pirelli compound, he goes quickest.

Throughout the session, both Red Bulls are able to mix it with title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, confirming the fine form the Bulls are in. On a set of ultra-softs, Max improves his time by completing the Austin based track in 1:35.065. It propels him to second.

With half an hour to go, Max ventures on track with a used set of the ultra-soft Pirellis for a long run. In the end, he does not improve on his lap time, meaning he must settle for second, behind Lewis Hamilton.

US Grand Prix - Circuit Of The Americas - Friday 20 October


01 44 Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes                    1:34.668  26
02 33 Max Verstappen      Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer   1:35.065 +0.397s  30
03  5 Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari                     1:35.192 +0.524s  11
04 77 Valtteri Bottas     Mercedes                    1:35.279 +0.611s  39
05  3 Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer   1:35.463 +0.795s  24
06  7 Kimi Raikkonen      Ferrari                     1:35.514 +0.846s  29
07 14 Fernando Alonso     McLaren Honda               1:36.304 +1.636s  28
08 19 Felipe Massa        Williams Mercedes           1:36.460 +1.792s  30
09 11 Sergio Perez        Force India Mercedes        1:36.481 +1.813s  28
10 31 Esteban Ocon        Force India Mercedes        1:36.490 +1.822s  34
11 55 Carlos Sainz        Renault                     1:36.529 +1.861s  30
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg     Renault                     1:36.534 +1.866s  18
13 26 Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso                  1:36.761 +2.093s  40
14 20 Kevin Magnussen     Haas Ferrari                1:37.285 +2.617s  17
15  2 Stoffel Vandoorne   McLaren Honda               1:37.463 +2.795s  31
16 18 Lance Stroll        Williams Mercedes           1:37.788 +3.120s  27
17 39 Brendon Hartley     Toro Rosso                  1:37.987 +3.319s  41
18 94 Pascal Wehrlein     Sauber Ferrari              1:38.165 +3.497s  35
19  9 Marcus Ericsson     Sauber Ferrari              1:38.262 +3.594s  22
20  8 Romain Grosjean     Haas Ferrari                1:38.387 +3.719s  26 


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