2022 US GP FP2: Leclerc fastest in second practice session in Austin


Leclerc fastest in second practice US GP 2022

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc posted the fastest time in FP2 for the 2022 United States Grand Prix – this session lengthened from 60 to 90 minutes for Pirelli’s prototype 2023 tyre test.

Leclerc clocked a 1m 36.810s during an early stint on the 2022-spec medium tyre, having been allowed to run his own programme at the start of the session after sitting out FP1.

With weather conditions hot and sunny at the Circuit of The Americas, it proved to be an ideal session for Pirelli to gather representative data on their work-in-progress compounds prior to a planned post-season test for the definitive versions in Abu Dhabi.


Alongside Leclerc and Ferrari, several other drivers and teams conducted bespoke programmes for a portion of FP2 before focusing on the tyre test, with McLaren, Alfa Romeo, Williams and Haas also given dispensation for running ‘rookie’ drivers in FP1.


1 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:36.810 37
2 77 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:37.525 +0.715s 37
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:37.627 +0.817s 40
4 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:38.232 +1.422s 26
5 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:39.507 +2.697s 26
6 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:39.547 +2.737s 26
7 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:39.575 +2.765s 26
8 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:39.698 +2.888s 26
9 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:39.840 +3.030s 26
10 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:39.852 +3.042s 26
11 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:40.084 +3.274s 24
12 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:40.178 +3.368s 26
13 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:40.562 +3.752s 26
14 24 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:40.664 +3.854s 26
15 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:40.806 +3.996s 26
16 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:41.310 +4.500s 26
17 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:41.334 +4.524s 26
18 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:41.853 +5.043s 26
19 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:41.857 +5.047s 26
20 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:42.317 +5.507s 26


Indeed, FP2 marked the first laps of the weekend for Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas, Nicholas Latifi and Kevin Magnussen – the latter looking to recover lost mileage at Haas after Antonio Giovinazzi’s crash in the opening session.

Behind Leclerc, Bottas and Ricciardo made use of the 2022-spec soft compound en route to P2 and P3 for Alfa Romeo and McLaren respectively, the pair finishing over seven tenths away from the Monegasque’s benchmark.

FP1 pace-setter Carlos Sainz led the pack of drivers restricted to prescribed runs (which included set stint lengths and fuel loads) on the unmarked Pirelli tyres, ending up around 1.5s adrift, with Mick Schumacher completing the top five for Haas.

Lando Norris took sixth in the other McLaren, narrowly avoiding the wall after a wild slide at the pit entry, followed by Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez were the final drivers to lap under the 1m 40s barrier in ninth and 10th respectively, with the aforementioned Magnussen placing 11th in his repaired VF-22.

George Russell was almost a second down on team mate Hamilton in 13th, splitting the other AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo machines of Yuki Tsunoda and Zhou Guanyu, with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll dropping from P4 in FP1 to P15 in FP2.

Alpine team mates Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso wound up 16th and 17th, the only moment of drama for the team coming when Alonso got stuck behind Hamilton on an early run and lamented over the radio that his rival “has no mirrors today”.

At the back, Williams drivers Alex Albon and Latifi sandwiched Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin – the field covered by 5.5 seconds around the 5.513km Austin venue.

Free Practice 3 begins at 1400 local time on Saturday before qualifying at 1700. Head to the RACE HUB to see how and when you can catch the action from Austin.

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