Turkish GP: Verstappen on top in constantly evolving FP2

Max Verstappen made it two from two at the Istanbul Park but this time in a much more representative session. 

The session started similarly to FP1 with drivers tiptoeing around the icy cold and low grip track but they were able to find grip much more easily, especially when running moved off the hard tyre.

The teams all put in a lot of running as the track finally ramped up. But the order is still very confusing.

Five seconds covered the order rather than this morning’s 15 second spread.

Many spins occurred but every driver kept it out of the barriers. As it gets colder in the weekend tomorrow then this will be a very difficult weekend to come.

Second to Verstappen was Charles Leclerc with low-grip specialist Valtteri Bottas in third, a significant chunk of time ahead of fourth placed Lewis Hamilton.

In fifth placed was Alex Albon who was having a very promising session and seemed to gel with the track much quicker than most sitting pretty at the top of timings for a very long time. But he still ended a second down on Verstappen.

The AlphaTauri duo ended the session in sixth and seventh with Daniil Kvyat ahead of Pierre Gasly continuing their strong form as they look to close up on Ferrari for sixth in the constructors championship.

Sebastian Vettel was 1.3s behind Leclerc in eighth with Lance Stroll and birthday boy Lando Norris rounding out the top 10.

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon were 11th and 12th with the Frenchman only just ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi.

Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo were 14th and 15th, with Kimi Raikkonen in 16th.

Williams and Haas were split at the back with George Russell in 17th followed by Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.

Nicholas Latifi rounded out the timing sheets in 20th position.