Mercedes looks strong, Max Verstappen ninth in second practice

The fastest time that Verstappen set, 1.18.785, was on the slower medium tire. That was slightly more than six tenths slower than Lewis Hamilton’s fastest time. Verstappen was well underway during a fast run on the softest rubber – after two sectors a tenth behind Hamilton – but broke off that lap after a moment in turn 10.

Also in the so-called long runs, with a view to Sunday’s race, Mercedes seemed to have an edge over Red Bull. Especially on the straight, it was clear that the world champion of the past years was gaining a lot of time.

Behind Hamilton, teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second in the second practice session, more than a tenth behind the Briton. Charles Leclerc set the third fastest time shortly behind. Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Pérez was only tenth on the softest tire.

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