Max Verstappen keeps Red Bull on top in second German Grand Prix Practice
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 20, 2018 Updated: 12:59 PM PT
HOCKENHEIM, Germany — Red Bull driver Max Verstappen finished at the top of the timesheet in the second free practice for the German Grand Prix.
While the warm weather continued throughout the day, the forecast looks unpredictable for the weekend. This could add an extra element to the strategy calculations. Verstappen finished with a time of 1:13.085 but ran into trouble during the session. The Dutchman still managed to keep Red Bull on top after his teammate Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time in the morning.
"We found out we had a little oil leak so we had to repair it, that's why I went out at the end again to check everything and it was fine,” Verstappen said after the session
Lewis Hamilton finished just 0.026s in second ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas in third. Like Hamilton, Bottas just recently signed a new multi-year agreement with the Mercedes.
The top three drivers set all of the fastest times on the ultrasoft tire with about 0.9 seconds separating all the compounds this weekend. As with most Friday sessions, Ferrari didn’t turn things up. Sebastian Vettel finished 0.120s off Bottas in fourth followed in fifth by Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari.
Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen continued their progress from the morning session finished sixth and seventh while the impressive newcomer Charles LeClerc finished eighth.
After taking a ride thru the gravel in the morning session, Nico Hulkenberg came back in the second session to finish ninth for Renault. Force India’s Esteban Ocon finished out the top ten with teammate Sergio Perez in 11th.
Carlos Sainz made up for lost time after the team repaired the coolant leak that caused him to miss most of the morning session. He went on to finish the afternoon in 12th. Daniel Ricciardo finished 13th but will start from the back of the grid after his penalties are applied.
Leclerc’s teammate Marcus Ericsson took 14th ahead of Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly in 15th and 16th. Fernando Alonso finished 17th ahead of the Williams pair of Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin 18th and 19th with Alonso’s teammate Stoffel Vandoorne in 20th.