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George Russell fastest in final training

(Motorsport-Total.com) – George Russell secured the best time in the second free practice at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Imola 2022. The Mercedes driver finished his fastest lap in 1: 19.457 minutes and bequeath Sergio Perez in the first. -clock session (Red Bull / +0.081) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari / +0.283) in place.

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George Russell secured the fastest time in the second free practice in Imola Zoom

However, the times of the bike should not be given much importance. Normally, qualifiers are worked on in Saturday practice, so everyone runs on less fuel and you can compare. But because there is no qualifying on Saturday, but an F1 sprint as the “main event”, the drivers and teams tested very different programs.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) was fourth, half a second behind his teammate, followed by Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari). Max Verstappen (Red Bull) was seventh. He was 0.914 seconds behind.

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There were problems in McLaren. Daniel Ricciardo had to skip training. There is a suspicion of a fault in the drive unit. Lando Norris complained about the brakes when he got into the pits after only three laps. And with Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), the exhaust prevented him from coming off the track.

“This is not a good start after a good day yesterday,” regrets McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl. “I don’t want to say anything about Daniel’s problem. It was Land’s braking system. Except for one installation wheel at the end, he couldn’t drive anymore. It wasn’t the perfect start.”

Bottas: The team underestimated the problem with the car

For Bottas, the cause was a late episode of his inertia in the third quarter on Friday. During an inspection of the car, the team found that the wiring harness and other systems had been fried, so the entire chassis had been replaced for simplicity. Due to the rules of the closed car park, it could not start until Saturday morning. Too tight for FT3.

The drive unit from Friday’s chassis was transferred to a new chassis, but a new gearbox had to be installed. There is no fine on the grid for that. Team boss Frederic Vasseur explains: “We had a problem with the exhaust. Components burned all around, including the entire wiring harness and the gearbox housing. It’s easier to replace the entire chassis there.”

“Yesterday we secretly expected that we would have to do it, but the car is sealed. If you break the seal, you start from the pit lane – or you wait until this morning and risk losing your second practice. We were hoping to make it in time, but we were probably overly optimistic. . “

How did both Germans do it?

Sebastian Vettel failed to confirm a strong qualifying performance and finished 15th in Aston Martin with a loss of 1,698 seconds. Mick Schumacher (Haas) was 13th, just behind his teammate Kevin Magnussen at P12.

After a rainy Friday, the drivers drove in dry conditions at almost 20 degrees Celsius. Drivers and teams took advantage of this to play with the dry track setup. And test long rides with regard to Saturday’s F1 sprint (16:30 CEST in a live Formula 1 ticker) and Sunday’s race.