Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time in a not very representative second free practice. The Finn was one of the few drivers who managed to record a time on the soft tires. The session was interrupted twice: Gasly’s car caught fire and at the end of practice, Verstappen and Stroll hit each other. Verstappen did set the second time for Norris and Leclerc.
The 2021 prototype tires were tested in the first half hour. A few drivers were not satisfied with that. “This does not make sense. We are wasting our time ”, Vettel told his team. He also complained, just like Lewis Hamilton about the tires.
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The drivers were able to hit the road with the normal tires after that half hour, but the session was soon halted after Pierre Gasly’s car caught fire. The Alpha Tauri driver lost power, saw smoke coming from the back of his car, and parked his car. It made for a long code red. The session was stopped for no less than fifteen minutes and therefore the drivers could not really get used to the circuit in the Algarve.
It was not a flawless training for Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll. The Dutchman was behind Stroll when he wanted to push for a fast lap. When entering turn one, the Dutchman was not completely next to the Canadian, Stroll turned in and they hit each other. The Canadian couldn’t go on. Verstappen was able to continue on his way, but had suffered damage to the front of his car. The incident will be investigated after the session. Verstappen was able to return to the track at the end of the training, but was unable to improve his time and finished the training second.
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