Verstappen quickest in second practice despite hitting trouble
German Grand Prix - FP2

Verstappen quickest in second practice despite hitting trouble

Max Verstappen kept Red Bull top of the order in second practice despite hitting trouble during the session.

Verstappen continued the good work started by teammate Daniel Ricciardo in FP1, who had gone quickest on Friday morning. In FP2, Verstappen's 1:13.085 was enough to lead the way, although he missed much of the final 45 minutes after encountering an issue with his engine. He returned in the final minutes of the session, easing Red Bull fears of serving another penalty later in the weekend. Ricciardo is already set to start from the back of the grid after exceeding the number of certain engine components allowed in the regulations.

Explaining the issue after the session, Verstappen said: "We found out we had a little oil leak so we had to repair it, that's why I went out at the end again to check everything and it was fine."

As he was in opening practice, Hamilton finished second, 0.026s behind Verstappen -- he had been 0.004s off Ricciardo's earlier benchmark. The reigning world champion ran wide at Turn 1 on his quickest lap, suggesting he could have found the time to overhaul Verstappen's benchmark with a clean attempt. Valtteri Bottas was 0.1s behind his teammate in third.

Ferrari continued its rather quiet Friday, with championship leader Sebastian Vettel finishing fourth, 0.225s off Verstappen's benchmark. Kimi Raikkonen was a further tenth of a second behind him. Headline times rarely paint the full picture ahead of qualifying and this year Ferrari has made a habit of unleashing its true potential later in the week, so the red cars should be expected to be in the hunt for pole on Saturday afternoon.

Once again, Romain Grosjean was best of the rest ahead of Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen. Sauber's Charles Leclerc was eighth, ahead of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Force India pair Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez. After missing the majority of FP1 due to a coolant leak in his Renault, Carlos Sainz accumulated 43 laps.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished the session in 13th having not attempted a proper qualifying simulation. Given his impending grid penalty it is likely the team turned its attention towards finding a set-up beneficial for attacking from the back of the field on Sunday afternoon.

Marcus Ericsson was 14th for Sauber, ahead of Toro Rosso pair Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley. The bottom spots of the afternoon were reserved for McLaren and Williams. Fernando Alonso finished 17th ahead of the Williams drivers, Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin, while the under-pressure Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the order in 20th.

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