US Grand Prix Free Practice 2 Wrap-up: Perez Excels, Verstappen FumesOctober 22, 2021
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez logged the fastest official lap time in Free Practice #2 at the US Grand Prix while teammate Max Verstappen sputtered in eighth position. McLaren’s Lando Norris was a full quarter of a second behind to claim P2.
POSITION DRIVER / TEAM TIME
1 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing 1:34.946
2 Lando NORRIS McLaren +0.257s
3 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +0.364s
4 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes +0.414s
5 Daniel RICCIARDO McLaren +0.511s
The tension between Verstappen and Hamilton was palpable in session. Verstappen lost his cool with ten minutes remaining as both drivers exited Turn 1 and Hamilton accelerated beyond the Dutchman. Verstappen’s temper flared, calling Hamilton a “stupid idiot” and giving the Brit the one-figure salute.
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) claimed the third fastest session time following +0.364 seconds off the pace. Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished behind Hamilton at +0.414 seconds.
McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top five session times. Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll followed a tenth of a second behind to claim P6.
Ferrari teammates Chalres LeClerc and Carlos Sainz claimed the seventh and ninth spots, respectively. And Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi closed out the top ten finishers.