After the issues with the drain cover with George Russell it was confirmed
by the FIA that all the covers had been checked. The second Friday session
would see Just Robert Kubica running for Williams. With the start of the
session the track would become very busy as teams aimed to make up for lost
time. The quickest time would fluctuate quickly as the track was cleaned.
Raikkonen would set a 1m:47.652 only to see Magnussen set a 1m:47.450. But
Leclerc was now finding pace setting a 1m:46.144 to go quickest. Hamilton
was now fastest with a 1m:46.110 running on the medium tyre.
Quite a few drivers were taking to the run-off areas including at Turn one.
Leclerc was second followed by Bottas, Raikkonen, Magnussen, Albon and
Vettel eighth. But Leclerc would go quickest with a 1m:44.748. The session
would be red flagged as a result of Stroll crashing his car after been too
late in backing out of entering the corner seeing his left front wheel make
contact with the wall. The session would go green seeing several drivers
coming out. It would become very busy with the sole Williams also out on the
track. Leclerc was now quickest on the soft tyre with a 1m:43.598 followed
by Vettel, Bottas and Hamilton. Vettel would move ahead of Leclerc with a
1m:43.196 but quickly Leclerc would take the top spot with a 1m:42.872.
Hamilton was now third from Bottas, Gasly, Magnussen, Albon, Verstappen,
Giovinazzi, and Perez tenth. Lots of drivers were running off the track
taking to the run off areas. Verstappen would move up to fourth splitting
the Mercedes. But again the session would be red flagged when Kvyat would
put his car into the wall after the rear end came around throwing the car
into the barrier. The session would restart with Robert returning for
Williams with fifteen minutes remaining. The session would end with Leclerc
remaining quickest from Vettel, Hamilton, Verstappen, Bottas, Kvyat, Sainz,
Albon, Gasly, and Norris in tenth. For Williams the lack of pace from the
FW42 was even more noticeable at this track with Robert finishing last with
a time considerably off the pace.
Robert would come out for his first laps running on the medium tyre.
Robert's frist time was a 2m:01.397 on a slow lap. Robert would improve with
a 1m:54.855 as he continued to lap the circuit. A 1m:52.041 from Robert but
he was currently slowest. His next lap would again see improvement with a
1m:51.031. After a six lap run Robert would pit. As the session went green
it would be Robert out first running on the soft tyre. Robert would set a
1m:48.856 to be 18th. He would continue to lap the circuit and would pit
after an eight lpa run. With thirty five minutes remaining Robert would
return again on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:48.111 but remained slowest
by a considerable margin. After a four lap run Robert would pit. After a red
flag period Robert would return on a new set of soft tyres but after a lap
would switch to the medium tyre. Robert was on a longer run as the session
drew to a close. With the end of the session he would complete a eight lap
George would not be running in the second Friday session as the Williams
team worked on getting his car repaired for the Saturday practice.