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Perez fastest, followed by Norris and Hamilton

Sergio Perez topped the timesheets of the second practice session before the USGP 2021. The Red Bull Racing driver was followed by McLaren driver..

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Sergio Perez of Mexico driving during practice ahead of the 2021 USGP in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Sergio Perez topped the timesheets of the second practice session before the USGP 2021. The Red Bull Racing driver was followed by McLaren driver Lando Norris, who was second fastest, and Lewis Hamilton, who was third fastest.

Perez’s fastest lap was 1 minute 34.946 seconds on the soft tire compound. Norris’ fastest lap was 0.257 seconds behind Perez’s fastest lap. On the flip side, Hamilton’s fastest lap was 0.364 seconds slower than the Mexican and a tenth of Norris’ pace.

Valtteri Bottas during practice ahead of the 2021 USGP in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson / Getty Images)

The fourth fastest lap of the session was driven by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who before the USGP was punished with a starting place penalty for changing the engine. The two Mercedes drivers were separated by a narrow margin of 0.05 seconds.

Hamilton’s fastest lap, which was canceled, was only 0.1 seconds faster than the rest. So the overall performance of Mercedes in FP2 was not a pace-dominating show like in FP1 earlier in the day.

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McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo set the fifth fastest lap of the session, an improvement on his FP1 rating of 16. The Australian was followed by Lance Stroll, who finished sixth in the session.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc set the seventh fastest time, while his team-mate Carlos Sainz set the ninth fastest time. Ferrari drivers were split by 0.347 seconds. Between the two Ferraris was Max Verstappen, who was classified eighth in FP2 before the USGP.

When Verstappen tried his qualifying simulation laps, his fastest lap had to be abandoned as he was hindered by Hamilton. The duo went wheel to wheel on the track, only to leave the Dutchman frustrated. The Red Bull Racing driver eventually stopped his lap, dropped his set of soft tires and switched to medium-sized tires for racing simulations.

Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi finished tenth and rounded off the top 10 fastest of the FP2 session ahead of the USGP. The Italian was one place less than his FP1 result, which was ninth.




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The second free practice session of the USGP included some simulation runs in qualifying and mostly long racing simulation runs. Most of the drivers canceled their fastest lap times due to violation of the route limits, some had to cancel their sprint laps due to traffic obstructions.

Due to the shortened FP2 session and the increased focus of most teams on long runs, the current classification may not be an accurate representation of the pecking order in qualifying. The FP3 before qualifying for the USGP should be a stronger indicator of what to expect.

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The full classification of USGP FP2 results prior to qualifying is as follows:

driver

team

Time

Sergio Perez

Red Bull Racing

1: 34.946

Lando Norris

McLaren

1; 35.203

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1: 35.310

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

1: 35.360

Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren

1: 35,547

Lance walk

Aston Martin Racing

1: 35.561

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

1: 35.572

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing

1:35. 824

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

1: 35.919

Antonio Giovinazzo

Alfa Romeo

1: 36.138

Esteban Ocon

alpine

1: 36.158

Pierre Gasly

Alpha Tauri

1: 36.242

Fernando Alonso

alpine

1: 36.376

Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo

1: 36.558

Sebastian Vettel

Aston Martin Racing

1: 36.718

Yuki Tsunoda

Alpha Tauri

1: 36.982

Mick Schumacher

Haas

1: 37.041

Nicholas Latifi

Williams

1: 37.254

George Russell

Williams

1: 37.490

Nikita Mazepin

Haas

1: 38.026

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