Ricciardo leads FP2 in Baku

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Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo led the way on Friday’s Free Practice 2 session with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen just behind but the talking point for was the amount of running off at corners and the challenge that the Ultrasoft Pirelli tires are going to bring to the race.

The softest compound to have raced in Baku, the teams had to make their selection a long time ago without really knowing just how soft these compounds were. The tire selection for this race means that given the lack of durability in the Ultrasofts as well as the lower time deltas than the teams expected mean that the Supersoft may be the route to go yet the teams may not have selected enough sets for the race.

Keep you eye peeled for some creative strategy and interesting choices as Pirelli may have achieved their goal of two or more pit stops per race in Baku.

1Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m42.795s35
2Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m42.864s0.069s33
3Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault1m42.911s0.116s27
4Valtteri BottasMercedes1m43.570s0.775s25
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m43.603s0.808s31
6Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Renault1m43.700s0.905s34
7Esteban OconForce India/Mercedes1m43.814s1.019s30
8Carlos SainzRenault1m43.834s1.039s36
9Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari1m43.977s1.182s29
10Nico HulkenbergRenault1m44.091s1.296s33
11Sebastian VettelFerrari1m44.127s1.332s38
12Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m44.142s1.347s31
13Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m44.425s1.630s27
14Lance StrollWilliams/Mercedes1m44.459s1.664s31
15Pierre GaslyToro Rosso/Honda1m44.712s1.917s39
16Charles LeclercSauber/Ferrari1m44.940s2.145s30
17Sergey SirotkinWilliams/Mercedes1m45.007s2.212s33
18Brendon HartleyToro Rosso/Honda1m45.051s2.256s36
19Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren/Renault1m45.288s2.493s29
20Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m46.042s3.247s9
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sunny stivala

When two cars are using the same power unit any differences in speed on very long straights is all down to aero drag. It was incredible to watch how easily Ricciardo catches up and passes Alonso with Alonso defending with DRS. “streamable.com/gLk6g”.


Radio comms just in from Alonso, “GP2 Aero! GP2 Chassis, Aaarrgh!”


From FP1 and FP2 Ricciardo has really got a great car under him, and is driving very confidently. He hardly featured in the clips of cars locking up and sliding into the run off bays. The Sky commentary team drivers (DiResta and Davidson) were providing some fairly detailed assessment of; the braking and turn in of the cars at turn 4, the different types of ‘graining’ that occurs on front and rear tyres (due to lateral scrub at the front – understeer, and wheel spin at the rear) the impact graining has on tyres building and retaining temperature And How… Read more »

sunny stivala

The SKY commentary team! Really got their pretty back sides worried when they seen number 7 FERRARI engine cover coming off with car on stands in the garage in FP1. Engineer talk! Engineer talk! Let’s have more engineer talk!. Here’s Ted Kravitz with more on Raikkonen’s lengthy spill in the pits “Raikkonen’s problem appears to be power unit related, (engine cover off the car) whether it is an ERS problem or ICE, we don’t know, the season is over for Raikkonen”. Not to take anything away from the RBR chassis, their Renault engines and drivers, but I am sure that… Read more »


Yes to more ‘Engineer Talk’. Its fair to say that the level of technical insight on SKY leaves a bit to be desired, only BBC 5 Live offers less, in my experience. On the MS site, there is some analysis of the pace of the top three teams during race simulation laps on each of the different tyres. The lap times are a lot closer than the outright low fuel fast laps. It seems tyre degradation on the softer tyres is a real problem for the Mercedes in particular, maybe that somehow relates to the downforce they are having to… Read more »

sunny stivala

The Baku FP2 race simulations looks like a disaster for Mercedes, especially for their number 44 car. But one thing that should be kept in mind is, red bull number 3 is on a one race distance old engine while his team mate (up to FP2) and cars number 5-7-44-77 are on a three race distance (over 2000km) old engines. Anyhow, the soft tyre could be best for race, but no driver has opted for more than 2 sets, car number 44 tried a stint on the soft at end of season, and there was a glimmer of hope there… Read more »