Hamilton in front of Red Bull in FP2 in France

Hamilton in front of Red Bull in FP2 in France

French Grand prix, Paul Ricard
photo: Pirelli

Lewis Hamilton was fastest again in the second free practice for the French Grand prix, eighth round of the 2018 Formula 1 world championship. The Mercedes driver left Daniel Ricciardo 0.704sec behind him while the Australian’s Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen was third.

The track was slower compared to the morning session, mainly because of the wind and its changing direction. There still were some incidents but without heavy consequences.

Marcus Ericsson did not take part in this practice after his crash in FP1. The wiring loom in his car burned in the fire that followed and Sauber had to change his chassis. The team also explained the reason why the driver did not get out of the car right away. He simply did not see the flames as his right rear-view mirror was broken.

The heaviest accident during FP2 involved Sergio Perez’ Force India. A tyre fell off his car and bounced dangerously across the circuit. The team will investigate what happened as there was no indication for a problem neither when the mechanics fitted on the tyres, nor on the circuit.