Friday Report – Slippery

A new track surface, cool conditions and hard compound tires created very slippery and low grip for the drivers and cars in Turkey as Formula 1 returned to the Istanbul Park for the first time since 2011. Bottas got things rolling with a 1:35.107 and then a 1:34.300 on the medium compound Pirelli tires. Just past the 30 minute mark the order was: Abon, Hamilton, Verstappen, Leclerc, Bottas, Perez, Raikkonen and Latifi. But now some drivers were heading out on the soft tires, but the tires were graining and not immediately proving to be quicker than the mediums. Leclerc was second ahead of Verstappen, Vettel, Kvyat and Hamilton. Albon improved to 1:29.363, while Verstappen clocked a time 0.007 of a second slower, and Leclerc was 0.017 of a second slower. Leclerc was now second ahead of Bottas, Hamilton, Albon, Kvyat, Gasly, Vettel, Stroll and Norris. So the top 10 at the end of the slippery FP2 remained: Verstappen, Leclerc, Bottas, Hamilton, Albon, Kvyat, Gasly, Vettel, Stroll and Norris.

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