Estaban Ocon was the fastest in the FP2 session of the Brazilian Grand Prix before the final sprint race of the 2022 Formula 1 season. The second practice session was a very unpredictable affair in terms of interpreting the lap times. Different teams were trying strategies for tyre compounds and fuel loads.
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Teams dedicated FP2 to collecting data for the sprint race and Sunday Grand Prix event.
After a phenomenal qualifying event on Friday, which saw Kevin Magnussen claiming pole position for Saturday’s sprint race, teams dedicated the second practice session to working out their strategies for upcoming races. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and George Russell ran soft and hard compounds, respectively.
Charles Leclerc conducted long runs on soft tyres. He was trying to complete a test to find out the longevity of the tyres for a whole sprint race of 24 laps. Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez ran hard tyres at the start of the session. They believe hard will be a favorable choice for the Sunday race. Nicholas Latifi had an incident in which he took the scenic route during one of his runs and went onto the grass. The Canadian managed to keep his car in one piece after the incident.
Logan Sargeant returns to the practice session to accumulate more Super License points.
The FP2 session saw William’s Logan Sargeant returning inside the Williams car, taking the place of Alex Albon. Sargeant needed 100 km of running to gain one more super license point.
He completed his 100 km of running, which roughly translates to doing 24 laps of the circuit, 10 minutes before the session ended.
Ocon set the fastest time for the session.
Estaban Ocon’s fastest time was 1:14.604. Sergio Perez followed him with a time 0.184s slower than Ocon’s.
George Russell was the third fastest. He would be looking to put aside the red-flag-causing incident behind him for the sprint race ahead. Fernando Alonso was the fourth fastest for Alpine ahead of Max Verstappen, who would be looking to create a new world record of winning 15 races in an F1 calendar.