F1 United States GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2
By: Megan White, Stefan Mackley
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1. Perez, Red Bull
2. Norris, McLaren
3. Hamilton, Mercedes
4. Bottas, Mercedes
5. Ricciardo, McLaren
6. Stroll, Aston Martin
7. Leclerc, Ferrari
8. Verstappen, Red Bull
9. Sainz, Ferrari
10. Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
15:16 That's all from us today - thanks for joining us, and we'll see you tomorrow!
15:15 Here's the report from FP2 at the Circuit of the Americas: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/f1-united-states-gp-perez-tops-fp2-traffic-leaves-verstappen-eighth/6701305/
15:05 A bit of a faux-pas for Giovinazzi, who missed the pit entry - but he's managed to thread it back in to bring his session to a slightly inauspicious end.
15:02 Perez leads that session from Norris, Hamilton, Bottas and Ricciardo. Verstappen, unable to get a full flying run in, is eighth.
15:00 And that's it for FP2 - chequered flag is out.
14:58 Alonso's managed to go backwards into the wall at Turn 19, but has managed to get the car out of the gravel and retreats to the pits. Player 14 eliminated.
14:54 "There's something at the end of the cockpit touching my leg in the corner", Ocon reports. That's debris in the corner, that's debris in the spotlight...
14:52 F1's qualifying pace projections has Hamilton fastest from Perez, Bottas, Verstappen and Norris.
14:51 Perez and Hamilton now crack the 1m40s, so they're looking comfortable if early indications are anything to go by.
14:50 Leclerc and Sainz are on-par with the McLarens too, so they look evenly matched in the Ferrari/McLaren battle for third in the championship.
14:49 So yes, we're into the race run fun. The front-running medium runners - Perez, Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen - are in the high 1m41s, with 1m42.0s for both Norris and Ricciardo at this stage.
14:44 Presumably a bit of pitstop practice punctuating the final half of the session too, as a number of cars have been in and out of the pits relatively swiftly.
14:40 Perez, Bottas and Hamilton return to the track on mediums, as does Verstappen, as we look to get the long runs in over the last 20 minutes.
14:37 "I just avoided a crash," says Mazepin, who finds an Aston Martin down his flank. That's something, I guess.
14:35 The top five are all in the pits, as are Verstappen and Sainz, having brought their quali sims to an end.
14:33 "I'm boxing, f*** this," Verstappen says.
14:32 "Recharge off, go now", Verstappen is told - but the Dutchman gets a face-full of traffic as he was about to start his run.
14:31 Norris and Hamilton now go second and third, as the latter has another run on his softs.
14:30 Ricciardo moves up to third, nestling between Bottas and Stroll on the timing board.