Formula 1 Commentary

F1 Dutch GP Live commentary and updates - FP1 & FP2

Live updates from Friday practice for the Formula 1 Dutch GP at Zandvoort.

By: James Newbold, Stefan Mackley


  • Ferrari first and second quickest in Dutch GP FP2, with Leclerc leading team-mate Sainz. Ocon third-quickest for Alpine, home hero Verstappen fifth
  • Session was twice red-flagged for Mazepin's spin into the gravel at Turn 11 and Hamilton stopping on track with a loss of power
  • Hamilton had earlier topped FP1 ahead of Verstappen
  • Lengthy red flag after Vettel comes to a halt on exit of the pitlane with engine failure limits running
  • Updated Zandvoort track hosts F1 for the first time since 1985

1. Leclerc, Ferrari
2. Sainz, Ferrari
3. Ocon, Alpine
4. Bottas, Mercedes
5. Verstappen, Red Bull
6. Alonso, Alpine
7. Gasly, AlphaTauri
8. Norris, McLaren
9. Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
10. Vettel, Aston Martin

Status: Stopped
After all that fun we'll say our goodbyes - until tomorrow of course! FP3 starts at 11:00 BST so be sure to join us again on Saturday.
Need a recap on all the action from FP2? We've got you covered:
Hamilton appears in the back of the Mercedes garage as the session comes to a close. Just the three laps for the defending F1 world champion before his earlier mechanical issue and he ends the session P11 overall.
Leclerc takes top spot honours and leads a Ferrari 1-2 at the end of FP2.

The chequered flag is out on another eventful practice session.

Meanwhile Bottas on the mediums is reaching that 1m14.9s average which Verstappen put in, but it should be said the Finn's stint length was much shorter than Verstappen's.
The F1 graphics point to Verstappen being the fastest on the track over these long runs with a 1m14.9s average over his current stint on the softs.
Vettel, one of those drivers on a long run on the softs, clatters the inside kerb at Turn 11 which sends big vibrations all the way through his Aston Martin. These Zandvoort kerbs don't look very forgiving compared to other tracks.
Most drivers are sticking to the softs but long runs are now the order of the afternoon. So unless anyone goes for a late glory run, it'll be a Ferrari 1-2 at the top of the FP2 times.
Meanwhile Perez isn't having a good time of things, as he is down in P12 and one second off the pace.
The Alpine pair also look impressive with Ocon third and Alonso sixth at the moment. Early days and no clear indication on engine power modes, but it appears both Ferrari and Alpine will be competitive around Zandvoort.
It is a Ferrari 1-2 as Sainz slots into second 0.154s off his team-mate. Shades of what we saw at Monaco and Baku by the Ferraris so far.
Leclerc takes over at the top with a 1m10.902s on the softs in his Ferrari.
The Red Bull driver puts in a 1m11.264s to move up to third place - almost two-tenths off Ocon's leading effort from earlier.
Verstappen is the first out on the track so he gets a clear view of Zandvoort, aiming to put in a quick time on the softs.
The session gets a quick restart at 14:40 BST - so right now.
The red flag came at the worst moment for a lot of drivers who were on push laps on the softs. Verstappen was one of them and looked set to go quickest but had to back out and duly remain in fifth place on the times.
The Haas driver got it wrong coming into Turn 11 and spun into the gravel trap. He is unable to get going again so needs recovering by the track marshals.
Red flag! Mazepin has spun off!
Bottas improves again on the softs but stays in second place with a 1m11.132s - 0.058s off Ocon.

Mercedes has reported there is "no indication from the data at the moment" on what caused Hamilton’s earlier stoppage, while he went back to the car during the red flag to make sure it was completely switched off.

And Ocon proves that theory true, as he goes top with a 1m11.074s on the softs.
Bottas puts in a 1m11.353s on his first timed lap on the softs. With track evolution to come that lap should be beatable given he only gained 0.3s compared to his lap on the mediums.
After the stunted first couple of stints due to the red flag, plenty of drivers are pitting to switch to the softs including Bottas and Ocon, so qualifying sims coming up.
After his slow return to FP2, Latifi is the first to switch to the softs, so now all three compounds are on show.
Now Verstappen slots into second place behind Bottas, just 0.029s off the Finn. Nobody has switched to the softs early, with the top runners all lapping on the mediums.
Ocon pops up to second place with a 1m11.896s as the pack gets up to speed again.
Everyone is on track apart from Hamilton, obviously, and Latifi, less obviously. 45 minutes to go in FP2.
Off we go again.
Hamilton's car has been pushed off the track and FP2 will resume at 14:18 BST. So we'll lose about eight minutes of this session in total.
TV replays show Hamilton easing off the power coming into Turn 1 before eventually pulling over at Turn 8. Tricky to say exactly what's caused his stop as there was no smoke, oil or sound to point out a problem.
Hamilton pulls over on the outside of Turn 8 and hops out of his Mercedes which starts gently rolling due to the slope. Hamilton stops the runaway Merc by leaning on the front-left wheel and waits for the marshals.
Hamilton has stopped on track and reported he is losing power over his team radio. That's caused a red flag.
Given the short track length the lap times come thick and fast. Bottas tops the early efforts with a 1m11.664s, two tenths of a second up on Mercedes team-mate Hamilton.
The majority of the F1 drivers on the track are on mediums for the first runs, aside from Norris, Ricciardo, Alonso, Latifi, Russell and Gasly who are all on the hard tyres.
It is a busy pit exit which is no surprise given the lost track time from FP1 at a new circuit for the F1 teams. All drivers are on the track apart from Vettel, with his Aston Martin mechanics still working on his car.
Here we go for FP2.