Azerbaijan GP: Ricciardo outpaces Raikkonen by 0.069s in FP2

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Azerbaijan GP: Ricciardo outpaces Raikkonen by 0.069s in FP2
By: Edd Straw
Apr 27, 2018, 2:35 PM

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo topped the second Friday practice session for Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, outpacing Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen by 0.069s.

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF71H
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF71H
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W09
Esteban Ocon, Force India VJM11
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-18 Ferrari, and Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL33 Renault
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL33
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14 Tag Heuer
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W09
Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team VF-18 Ferrari
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18

Ricciardo first hit the front just over 10 minutes into the session with his first serious flying lap on supersofts just under 15 minutes into the 90 minutes of running.

He then improved his time to 1m43.512s to top the timesheets before the field started to switch to ultrasofts for qualifying simulation runs.

With drivers struggling to avoid overheating the rears on their ultrasoft laps, Ricciardo was still fastest when he headed out for his qualifying simulation run despite Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas posting a lap just 0.058s slower.

Ricciardo then completed three flying laps on ultrasofts, separated by cool-down laps to let the tyres recover.

He lowered his fastest time first to 1m43.017s, then to 1m42.816s before settling on 1m42.795s.

This was enough to secure him fastest time, although Raikkonen did get close using the ultrasofts to secure second place.

Max Verstappen, who crashed during Friday's first free practice session, survived a light brush of the wall to set the third fastest time, 0.116s off the pace.

He also locked up and visited the Turn 3 escape road on his first run.

Bottas was shuffled down to fourth and 0.775s down, just over a quarter-of-a-tenth ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton set his best time of 1m43.603s on his second push lap on ultrasofts, but twice set the best first sector of the session to date later in the run but could not complete the laps – once as a consequence of locking up and running wide. The second of those attempts ended up as the fastest first sector of the whole session.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso was one of the last to post a quick lap using the ultrasofts, but when he did it was enough to be best of the rest in sixth place, 0.905s off the pace and just a tenth behind Hamilton.

That put him ahead of Force India's Esteban Ocon and Renault's Carlos Sainz, with Kevin Magnussen ninth for Haas.

Nico Hulkenberg was 10th fastest for Renault, posting his time after a plank change was needed following his first run.

He later complained about a suspected braking problem, but the team suggested over the radio they could not see any issue.

Sebastian Vettel had a difficult session, ending up 11th and 1.332s off the pace after making several visits to the escape roads after struggles under braking.

He set his best second and third sector times on his second quick lap on ultrasofts, but a slow first sector meant he did not improve on the lap time he set on the first attempt.

Vettel was just ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez, who paid a late visit to the Turn 3 escape road, with the second Haas of Romain Grosjean 13th ahead of Lance Stroll.

Sauber driver Charles Leclerc, who had an off-track moment at Turn 1, was 16th fastest ahead of the Williams of Sergey Sirotkin – but teammate Marcus Ericsson was slowest after suffering a gearbox problem on his ninth lap.

ClaDriverChassisEngineLapsTimeGap
1 australia Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 35 1'42.795  
2 finland Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari 33 1'42.864 0.069
3 netherlands Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG 27 1'42.911 0.116
4 finland Valtteri Bottas  Mercedes Mercedes 25 1'43.570 0.775
5 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 31 1'43.603 0.808
6 spain Fernando Alonso  McLaren Renault 34 1'43.700 0.905
7 france Esteban Ocon  Force India Mercedes 30 1'43.814 1.019
8 spain Carlos Sainz  Renault Renault 36 1'43.834 1.039
9 denmark Kevin Magnussen  Haas Ferrari 29 1'43.977 1.182
10 germany Nico Hulkenberg  Renault Renault 33 1'44.091 1.296
11 germany Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 38 1'44.127 1.332
12 mexico Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 31 1'44.142 1.347
13 france Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 27 1'44.425 1.630
14 canada Lance Stroll  Williams Mercedes 31 1'44.459 1.664
15 france Pierre Gasly  Toro Rosso Honda 39 1'44.712 1.917
16 monaco Charles Leclerc  Sauber Ferrari 30 1'44.940 2.145
17 russia Sergey Sirotkin  Williams Mercedes 33 1'45.007 2.212
18 new_zealand Brendon Hartley  Toro Rosso Honda 36 1'45.051 2.256
19 belgium Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren Renault 29 1'45.288 2.493
20 sweden Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari 9 1'46.042 3.247
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