Portuguese Grand Prix – Valtteri Bottas has gone quickest in second practice in Portugal, while Max Verstappen had a collision with Lance Stroll.
Valtteri Bottas has topped the times in a dramatic second practice session at Portimao. With the drivers becoming more familiar with the new circuit, the first half hour of the session was treated as a test session. Pirelli supplied 2021 prototype tyres for the drivers to use for the first 30 minutes, with all twenty drivers pounding around to give Pirelli the data they wanted.
After that half hour, the drivers switched back to their usual practice programmes, and Bottas came out on the Soft tyres to do a 1:17.940 to go quickest. Lewis Hamilton went purple in the first sector but backed out of the lap after encountering an Alfa Romeo at an inopportune moment.
Max Verstappen finished P2 for Red Bull and 0.595 down on Bottas with the Medium tyres, having had his Soft tyre lap ruined with a collision. The Dutch driver was firing up for a lap when he let Lance Stroll through to complete his flying lap. Crossing the start/finish line together, Verstappen seemed to think Stroll would back out but the Racing Point driver was actually starting another flyer. As a result, both barrelled into Turn 1 side by side with no intention of yielding. Inevitably, they collided. This triggered a red flag as the Racing Point required recovery back to the pits from the gravel trap, while Verstappen was able to return to the pits for repairs. He was able to rejoin for the brief ten minutes after this red flag period. The clash is under investigation by the race stewards.
Lando Norris finished P3 for McLaren, after putting in a last flyer on the Softs at the chequered flag. He rose up the order to finish 0.8 away from the front, and just under a tenth clear of Charles Leclerc, who put his Ferrari in P4 again.
Carlos Sainz finished P5 for McLaren, with Sebastian Vettel an encouraging P6 in the second Ferrari. The German driver was 0.4 seconds off the pace set by Leclerc on the same Soft compound.
Pierre Gasly was P7 for Alpha Tauri, with his best time set on Mediums. He didn’t get a chance to do a Soft tyre flying lap as he retired midway through the session with an apparent engine issue. Pulling over to the side of the track with the rear of his car spitting flames, he also triggered a brief red flag period as his car needed recovery.
Lewis Hamilton was P8 after not getting in a clean lap, while Esteban Ocon recovered from his FP1 oil leak to finish in P9 in the afternoon for Renault. Alex Albon was P10 in the second Red Bull.
George Russell finished P11 for Williams, while Sergio Perez was P12 for Racing Point.
Daniel Ricciardo finished in P13 for Renault, while Nicholas Latifi was a strong P14 in the second Williams. Kimi Raikkonen fell back down to P15 in the afternoon after breaking into the top ten during the morning, while Kevin Magnussen finished P16 for Haas.
Daniil Kvyat was P17 for Alpha Tauri and was one of the drivers to spin off during the session, but was able to continue. Romain Grosjean was P18 for Haas, Lance Stroll P19 for Racing Point, and Antonio Giovinazzi was P20 and last for Alfa Romeo.