Emilia Romagna GP: Bottas fastest in FP2, Verstappen out with car issues

Valterri Bottas took the top spot in FP1, and he did it again in FP2. With a flying lap of 1m15.551s, Bottas went faster than his FP1 time and tops the grid ahead of the final practice and qualifying tomorrow.

But Bottas’ efforts weren’t what had people scratching their head, as Max Verstappen pulled up at the pitlane exit after only 25 minutes of FP2. It has been confirmed that the Red Bull suffered a broken driveshaft which was described by Verstappen as something ‘snapping’.

There were questions about whether the Red Bull of Max Verstappen could be moved from the track and relocated into the pitlane. Nevertheless, the Track Marshals did an impressive job managing to get the car back to the pit with 25 minutes left of the practice session.

Unfortunately, despite Red Bull’s best efforts, Verstappen did not manage to make it back out onto the track leaving him 14th Fastest of FP2.

Lando Norris had his McLaren into the gravel after only 10 minutes of FP2 but he managed to shave some seconds off his time with his final flying lap leaving him as 8th. An improvement on his tough session this morning.

The same cannot be said his teammate Daniel Ricciardo as the Australian wound up at the bottom of the leaderboard in 18th position after having his lap time deleted, which would have otherwise placed him 11th. All in all, not a great day at the office for McLaren.

Back to the top of the board and only 0.010s behind his teammate is Lewis Hamilton in second fastest, with Pierre Gasly having yet another great practice session in third fastest.

The two Ferraris of Sainz and Leclerc came in fourth and fifth despite Leclerc’s Ferrari being driven into the barrier ending the practice session 2 minutes early. Following the two Ferraris was Perez, the only Red Bull on the track, in sixth.

Yuki Tsunoda produced another exceptional performance for Alpha Tauri finishing seventh fastest. With Tsunoda in seventh and Gasly in third – An impressive set of times for the Alpha’s in the first two runs of the Imola GP.

To conclude the top 10: Giovinazzi finished ninth and Stroll in tenth.

FP2 presented another struggle for the 4-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, as the Aston Martin crept in at 16th – a decline from his first practice this morning.

Vettel is not the only driver struggling in practice sessions. Despite Mazepin finishing his lap without spinning out, Haas still don’t seem to have combatted their traction issues as he complained about being ‘on ice’ to his mechanic.

The Haas’s performances explained this statement for themselves as Mazepin and his fellow Haas rookie Mick Schumacher sat bottom of the standings in 19th and 20th.