user icon

FP2: Vettel fastest despite spin, Ericsson crashes hard

  • Published on 31 Aug 2018 16:30
  • comments 0
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Sebastian Vettel has topped the second practice session with a lap time of 1:21.105 at Monza despite struggling throughout the session. The German ran very wide through the Parabolica corner twice, before spinning around completely on his final hot lap.

Vettel glided through the gravel trap before lightly tapping the barriers, but got away with no major damage. However, Marcus Ericsson wasn't so lucky, as a DRS failure caused him to spectacularly exit the session in the early stages.

The Swede was able to jump out of his stricken car unaided and was brought to the medical centre. Sauber continued to suffer from DRS issues throughout the session as Charles Leclerc also had problems with the rear wing.

Ferrari enjoyed a one-two at the end of the session, with Kimi Raikkonen finishing in P2. Mercedes ended the 90-minute session in 3rd and 4th, with Lewis Hamilton heading his teammate Valtteri Bottas

Red Bull is expecting to be out of contention this weekend due to the demand on straight-line speed, and Max Verstappen ended his Friday running in 5th place, over a second down on Vettel. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo followed, however the Australian will take a grid penalty this weekend.

Force India will be pleased with its result as it ended up as the 'best of the rest'. Esteban Ocon was 7th, only marginally ahead of teammate Sergio Perez in 8th. Charles Leclerc was ninth, while Nico Hulkenberg, who will start Sunday's Grand Prix from the very back of the field, rounded out the top ten.

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were P11 and P13, with Carlos Sainz lodged between the two Haas drivers. Pierre Gasly followed, while his teammate Brendon Hartley was two places down on the Frenchman.

Toro Rosso mechanics were spotted working on Hartley's power unit at the end of the session. Williams, who hasn't bagged points since Azerbaijan, were P15 and P17. Sergey Sirotkin was ahead of Lance Stroll, who is set to make a mid-season switch to Force India.

McLaren is in for another tough weekend as it ended the final Friday outing as the slowest to set a lap. Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne only ended ahead of Marcus Ericsson, who failed to put down a lap time.

IT Monza - 31 August 2018

Replies (0)

Login to reply

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Red Bull Racing
  • Points 2,012
  • Podiums 77
  • Grand Prix 163
  • Country NL
  • Date of b. Sep 30 1997 (25)
  • Place of b. Hasselt (Belgie), NL
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.8 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2023

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
3 - Mar 5
Bahrain
17 - Mar 19
Saudi Arabia
31 - Apr 2
Australia
28 - Apr 30
Azerbaijan
5 - May 7
United States of America
19 - May 21
Italy
26 - May 28
Monaco
2 - Jun 4
Spain
16 - Jun 18
Canada
30 - Jul 2
Austria
7 - Jul 9
United Kingdom
21 - Jul 23
Hungary
28 - Jul 30
Belgium
25 - Aug 27
Netherlands
1 - Sep 3
Italy
15 - Sep 17
Singapore
22 - Sep 24
Japan
20 - Oct 22
United States of America
27 - Oct 29
Mexico
3 - Nov 5
Brazil
17 - Nov 19
United States of America
24 - Nov 26
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2023

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Mar 5
17 - Mar 19
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
31 - Apr 2
Australia Albert Park
28 - Apr 30
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
5 - May 7
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
19 - May 21
26 - May 28
Monaco Monte Carlo
2 - Jun 4
16 - Jun 18
30 - Jul 2
Austria Red Bull Ring
7 - Jul 9
United Kingdom Silverstone
21 - Jul 23
Hungary Hungaroring
28 - Jul 30
25 - Aug 27
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
1 - Sep 3
Italy Monza
15 - Sep 17
22 - Sep 24
20 - Oct 22
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
27 - Oct 29
3 - Nov 5
Brazil Interlagos
17 - Nov 19
United States of America Las Vegas Street Circuit
24 - Nov 26
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar