F1 Portuguese GP Live Updates - Friday practice

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By: Jake Boxall-Legge

Summary

Bottas tops Portuguese GP FP2, but is one of only a few drivers to set a lap on soft tyres
Stroll and Verstappen collide at Turn 1 to cause second red flag
Session first red-flagged at mid-distance as Gasly's AlphaTauri catches fire
First 30 minutes of sessionfeatured Pirelli 2021 tyre testing so initial times were unrepresentative - laps were 3s slower than FP1
Status: Stopped
16:02 That rounds up our live text coverage on Friday practice ahead of the Portuguese GP and if the next two days at Portimao are anything like today's action then we are in for a treat. Final practice begins at 11:00 local time (11:00 BST) so until then have a peaceful evening. Cheers!
15:50 Plenty of talking points to come from Friday practice, which certainly wasn't the case at the last race given the zero Friday running at the Nurburgring, so there is lots more to come from the paddock at the Algarve circuit.
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15:37 So Bottas tops both sessions today but that hardly tells the whole story. Gasly suffers a fiery premature end to FP2, Verstappen and Stroll clash, and - best of all for some of us - 2021 Pirelli prototype tyre testing. Something for everyone.
15:35 Practice starts are now being completed on the starting grid, which are always good for a late photo opportunity for those end of day press releases.
15:32 Norris duly delivers to go third fastest for McLaren with a 1m18.743s. Bottas keeps top spot from Verstappen though.
15:31 The chequered flag is out for FP2 - last orders for any further lap time improvements.
15:30 Sainz climbs to fourth place with a 1m19.113s while a lot of drivers are having times deleted for exceeding track limits.
15:28 With all the action in FP2 the outright lap times have been somewhat secondary but to confirm Bottas is still top with a 1m17.940s from Verstappen's best of 1m18.535s. Just under three minutes to go to change that.
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15:23 Here we go, lots of cars lined up at pitlane exit with all drivers except Russell on the soft tyres. So we'd expect some late time attacks to come.
15:21 The session will restart at 16:22 local time so that leaves eight minutes of running to complete FP2.
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15:17 TV replays show Verstappen backing off to allow Stroll by at Turn 14 with the Racing Point driver on a flying lap. It looks like Verstappen has assumed Stroll would back off when completing the lap and he was starting his own flying lap but at Turn 1 chaos ensues.
15:15 Stroll has hitched a scooter ride to get back to the paddock as his Racing Point car is recovered by the marshals who have been kept busy in this session so far.
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15:12 Verstappen uses some colourful language to question Stroll's eyesight over his Red Bull team radio. We'll keep out the bad words, but you get the idea.
15:10 That collision has been put under investigation by the stewards. It is an incident that is a familiar sight in a race but not in a free practice session.
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