Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen expressed his dissatisfaction after finishing 0.424s behind Mercedes‘ Lewis Hamilton in the second practice session for the upcoming Grand Prix. The session, which was extended to 90 minutes due to technical issues in FP1, revealed that Red Bull had work to do in order to optimize their performance on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Verstappen cited issues with the many bumps and high kerbs on the track, which disrupted the balance of his RB19. However, he remained optimistic and stated that the team would fine tune a few areas to improve their performance. Verstappen acknowledged that their rivals may have had a better day and that the track’s layout did not suit their package, but he was determined to find solutions. Despite the challenges, getting some running in FP2 was a positive outcome considering the lack of running in FP1.
Verstappen‘s teammate, Sergio Perez, shared similar sentiments and expressed disappointment about the technical issues in FP1. He acknowledged the need to work on the car’s performance and admitted that there was plenty to understand and improve upon overnight. Perez also acknowledged that their rivals were looking strong and emphasized the importance of enhancing their own performance.
During the second practice session, Hamilton led a dominant performance from Mercedes, with his teammate George Russell securing second place. However, rain hindered the latter part of FP2. Ferrari‘s Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc performed well and finished ahead of Verstappen, with Aston Martin‘s Fernando Alonso splitting the Ferrari duo. Verstappen and Perez struggled to match their rivals’ pace in all sectors of the track during FP2, but it’s important to note that Friday laptimes may not accurately indicate overall performance.
Sainz demonstrated superior straight-line speed, Alonso excelled in low-speed corners, and Hamilton consistently set the pace across the board. As the teams and drivers continue their preparations for the Grand Prix, it remains to be seen how they will address the challenges faced during practice and whether they can make the necessary adjustments for a stronger performance on race day.