F1 Imola 2022 – Practice 2: Russell’s Best Time

GP Imola 2022

George Russell returned the fastest lap in the second training session at Imola. However, the schedule made little sense during the dress rehearsal for the sprint. There was a technical alarm on McLaren and Alfa Romeo.

After qualifying rainy Friday, the sun finally shone over Imola on Saturday (April 23rd). In the second free practice, drivers had the first opportunity for practical laps on a completely dry track. With an air temperature of almost 20 ° C, the conditions were also significantly warmer than the day before.


The one-hour session was about preparing for the afternoon sprint as best they could. Engineers meanwhile collected data on tire consumption. The car installation was not allowed to be touched much after qualifying the day before. Only minor adjustments to the hoops and tire pressure were allowed.


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Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas failed to ride at all in the second training session.

Round diet at McLaren

At McLaren, however, technicians received almost no new knowledge. Daniel Ricciardo’s car already had problems starting in the morning. The repair could not be completed in time before the end of the training. And teammate Lando Norris reached just five laps at the end. The Briton, who starts from third place in the sprint, had problems with the brakes.


There was also a technical alarm on the Alfa Romeo. Valtteri Bottas had to park his car in qualifying with an exhaust problem. This resulted in heat damage to the gearbox, the wiring harness and the lower part of the body. To solve the problem, the whole monococcus was exchanged without being extended. This was easier than putting a new wire harness on the old chassis.


However, the procedure took a long time. Bottas had to watch the entire training session. At least Alfa Romeo was able to collect some data with Guanyu Zhou’s sister car (31 laps).

Charles Leclerc - Emilia Romagna GP - Imola - 2022

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In the second practice, the pilots had to perform long runs in soft and medium.

Russell record has no value

Because the start order for the sprint has already been set, the pilots did not go out in pursuit of the best moments in the practice session. It was especially important to find out what the best choice of sprint tires looks like. Pirelli’s sports leader Mario Isola assumes that most cars will start the race with average tires. In training, however, many teams also tested how long soft tires last.


The schedule has to be handled with care due to different tires and unknown amounts of fuel. In the end, George Russell still has to interpret the best time as a small sign of hope for Mercedes. In the races, the Silver Arrows ranked much better in the first three Grand Prix of the year than in a fast lap. Lewis Hamilton was also relatively far ahead in fourth place.


Sergio Perez at Red Bull and Charles Leclerc at Ferrari were squeezed between work machines. On the other hand, the two German pilots have taken things a little easier. Mick Schumacher finished in 13th place, Sebastian Vettel was 15th in the standings. In the sprint at 16:30, there are 21 laps in the program. For the first time the winner will be awarded eight championship points.


GP Emilia-Romagna 2022 – Practice of results 2

driver tEAm time Distance round
1.George Russell Mercedes 1: 19.457 31
2.Sergio Perez red bull 1: 19,538 +0.081 s 32
3. Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 19,740 +0.283 s 34
4.Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1: 19,992 +0.535 s 33
5. Fernando Alonso Alpine 1: 20.174 +0.717 s 28
6. Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 20.258 + 0.801s 30
7. Max Verstappen red bull 1: 20.371 +0.914 s 35
8. Yuki Tsunoda Alfa Tauri 1: 20.381 +0.924 s 34
9.Pierre Gasly Alfa Tauri 1: 20.439 +0.982 s 36
10.Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1: 20,498 +1.041 s 31
11. Aleksandër Albon Williams 1: 20.591 +1,134 s 33
12.Kevin Magnussen haas 1: 20,740 + 1,283s 29
13.Mick Schumacher haas 1: 20,977 + 1520s 28
14. Lance Stroll Aston-Martin 1: 21.149 +1.692 s 37
15. Sebastian Vettel Aston-Martin 1: 21.155 +1.698 s 37
16. Esteban Ocon Alpine 1: 21.179 +1,722 s 29
17.Nikolas Latifi Williams 1: 21.263 + 1,806s 30
18. Lando Norris McLaren 1: 23.821 +4,364 s 5
19.Daniel Ricciardo McLaren there is no time 0
20. Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo there is no time 0
driver tEAm time Distance round
1.George Russell Mercedes 1: 19.457 31
2.Sergio Perez red bull 1: 19,538 +0.081 s 32
3. Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 19,740 +0.283 s 34
4.Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1: 19,992 +0.535 s 33
5. Fernando Alonso Alpine 1: 20.174 +0.717 s 28
6. Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 20.258 + 0.801s 30
7. Max Verstappen red bull 1: 20.371 +0.914 s 35
8. Yuki Tsunoda Alfa Tauri 1: 20.381 +0.924 s 34
9.Pierre Gasly Alfa Tauri 1: 20.439 +0.982 s 36
10.Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1: 20,498 +1.041 s 31
11. Aleksandër Albon Williams 1: 20.591 +1,134 s 33
12.Kevin Magnussen haas 1: 20,740 + 1,283s 29
13.Mick Schumacher haas 1: 20,977 + 1520s 28
14. Lance Stroll Aston-Martin 1: 21.149 +1.692 s 37
15. Sebastian Vettel Aston-Martin 1: 21.155 +1.698 s 37
16. Esteban Ocon Alpine 1: 21.179 +1,722 s 29
17.Nikolas Latifi Williams 1: 21.263 + 1,806s 30
18. Lando Norris McLaren 1: 23.821 +4,364 s 5
19.Daniel Ricciardo McLaren there is no time 0
20. Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo there is no time 0

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