After the Mercedes, in the morning, during EL1, it was the turn of the Ferraris to dominate free practice at the Dutch Grand Prix on Friday afternoon. Charles Leclerc, only sixth in the morning, was the fastest during the second session (1’12”345), finishing just ahead of Carlos Sainz (+0”004), his teammate.
Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, set the third fastest time (+0”072). George Russell, who was the fastest in the first session, was fifth (+0”310). Max Verstappen (Red Bull), the reigning world champion and current leader of the Championship, whose single-seater had suffered a gearbox problem on Friday morning, finished eighth (+0”697).
Among the French, as had already been the case in EL1, Esteban Ocon (Alpine) achieved the ninth fastest time (+0”960). Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) finished 16th (+1”321). The session was interrupted by a red flag, after Japanese Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) left the track. Saturday will see the third free practice session (at 12 noon), followed by qualifying (3:00 p.m.).