Sebastian Vettel showed all his Formula 1 experience to end the second practice session fastest for Ferrari.
The session was wet all the way through with only intermediate and full wet tyres being used, but most drivers gave both sets a go.
Seven drivers didn’t set a lap time choosing not to risk it in the wet conditions. Red Bull nearly made it eight, but Max Verstappen did head out right at the death with a minute to go to rectify that.
Vettel did the second most amount of laps in the session and set a time of 1m40.464s to top the session.
Valtteri Bottas was the only Mercedes to set a time and he finished 0.272s down on Vettel.
The next car was the McLaren of Carlos Sainz, who was over a second off Bottas, in third.
Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez did the majority of the early running finishing fourth and fifth respectively for Racing Point, presumably trying to find answers for their wet limitations at the Styrian Grand Prix last week.
Pierre Gasly was the first car out in the session and one of the last after having technical issues in FP1. He took a new control electronics and tried to get some running. He finished seventh.
Max Verstappen’s last gasp lap put him seventh, pushing Romain Grosjean down to eighth with 30 seconds to go. His teammate Alex Albon did not get round to start a lap quick enough.
Kimi Raikkonen, another who missed FP1, with Robert Kubica taking the seat, got a lot of early running and finished in ninth. He set the most laps in the session with 16.
Charles Leclerc was three seconds off his teammate in 10th.
Antonio Giovinazzi, Lando Norris and Daniil Kvyat rounded out those who set laptimes.
Both Renaults, both Williams, Lewis Hamilton, Albon and Kevin Magnussen didn’t set laptimes but did venture onto the track for some sighter laps just to get a feel for the conditions.
🔝 Sebastian Vettel 🔝
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