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Perez surpasses FP2, traffic leaves Verstappen in 8th place

Hamilton’s 1: 34.842, which would have been 0.104 seconds behind Perez, was the track limit accepted in the penultimate corner of the qualifying simulation during the second 60-minute session. After that, the world champion took the lead and left. Red Bull is leading the era at 1: 34.946.

In the sultry conditions of the Circuit of the Americas, the puck first appeared in a harder compound. Antonio Jobinati set the number one benchmark with medium tires at 1: 38.355.

Esteban Ocon, Kimi Raikkonen and Lance Stroll are all short during the first run before FP1 pacesetter Valtteri Bottas uses yellow wall rubber to reduce his fastest time to 1’38.887. Enjoyed the stint.

A few minutes later he was banished to Perez’s 1m35.883, the pair continued to trade the best time in the next section of the session, Perez’s 1m35.716 approached 15 minutes and the driver switched soft.

The walk took the lead, and after 20 minutes, Aston Martin took first place at 1: 35.561.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Bottas then returned to the top at 1: 35.360, which was significantly slower than Hamilton’s best and was set a few minutes later.

However, after Hamilton was stripped of his first soft lap, he stayed there and eventually recorded a best effort of 1: 35.310. Hot conditions.

Before Hamilton posted a soft legal lap, Perez regained the top spot 30 minutes ago at 1: 34.946, and Norris took second place in his soft flight efforts, causing a 0.257 second drift. rice field.

Norris had to return to the pits early for the spell after reporting “something was loose around his elbows,” which meant he “can’t turn properly.” ..

Red Bull couldn’t know how Verstappen would take part in the fight in top time as the Dutch, who were dissatisfied with the team’s traffic management, gave up running on soft tires.

Verstappen was preparing to start a soft flying lap when several cars moved in front of him and were forced to complete another preparatory lap. It jumped in front of him and those cars returned to the pits on a cool-down lap.

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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The current championship leader angryly told Red Bull “boxing-stop this” and focused on his next long run “for this short time”.

Early in the session, Verstappen and Hamilton went straight down the pits through the last corner and lined up on a winding uphill to the left of Turn 1. In this situation, Verstappen was told by Red Bull to “ignore” Hamilton. Move to move on.

Closing the FP2 In the long run, orders were stable. So the team gathered useful data on tire life and figured out if one or two stoppers could survive the race in the heat of Texas.

Bottas was in 4th place ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, and the walk was shuffled in 6th place ahead of Charles Leclerc and Verstappen.

Carlos Sainz Jr. and Jobinati finished the top ten.

At the end of the session, Fernando Alonso spun off a little over three minutes from the end, and Alpine driver, 13th in the final FP2 ranking, shot backwards with a fast left-handed after touching the outer curb.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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As the tailwind pushed the car into the corner, Alonso quickly turned around, sliding backwards on asphalt spills and gravel, hitting the barrier to stop smoking, and picking up small endplate damage on the rear wings. ..

Jobinati also stopped at the last corner when the car returned to the pits at the end of the session, then suddenly turned left and returned to the Alfa Romeo garage at low speed. Perez surpasses FP2, traffic leaves Verstappen in 8th place

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