F1 Emilia Romagna GP 2024 Free Practice 2: Highlights and reaction

Follow all the action on the Total Motorsport live blog as teams and drivers hit Imola for FP2 at the 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

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Welcome to this Total-Motorsport.com F1 blog for Free Practice 2 at the 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, coming to you from the paddock at Imola as the 2024 Formula 1 season continues on into Europe for the summer.

Imola, with its 4.909-kilometer track length, is renowned for its high-speed straights, technical corners, and unforgiving chicanes, demanding the utmost precision and bravery from drivers. The circuit features 19 corners, each presenting a unique challenge, from the fast-flowing Variante Tamburello to the tight and twisty Acque Minerali, especially given the unique anti-clockwise direction of the track.

FP2 is scheduled for 17:00 local time in Imola, with all eyes on Ferrari who look to build upon a strong FP1 when they dominated Red Bull after bringing a significant upgrade package to the Emilia Romagna GP.

The FP2 session for the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP promises to be an intriguing session so stay tuned as we bring you real-time updates, insights, and analysis from FP2. From lap times and sector splits to driver feedback and team strategies, weโ€™ll cover all the action as it unfolds. Join us as we kick off the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP weekend with this crucial practice session at the historic Imola circuit!

Emilia Romagna GP 2024 FP2 Imola: News and Updates


Red Bull bosses and Verstappen deep in discussion

Red Bull have been simply lost for performance throughout this Grand Prix weekend so far as they’re not able to get the set-up in the right window and Max Verstappen has made a lot of unforced errors, leaving him very angry.

Footage shows his engineer, Christian Horner (team principal) and Helmut Marko all deep in discussion about how it’s gone so wrong for them this Friday. Fortunately for the defending champions, they’ve got all night and another practice session to figure it out.

Sergio Perez noted for impeding Charles Leclerc

Sergio Perez will head to the stewards’ room to defend himself as Race Control notes the Red Bull man for impeding Charles Leclerc.

At the time, the Mexican didn’t think he did anything wrong and questioned what Leclerc was doing whilst the Ferrari driver was on the other end of the spectrum by making sure he ran Perez wide to the edge of the track.

END OF SESSION: Leclerc tops FP2

Charles Leclerc is fastest overall with a 1:15.906 as he continues to find stellar form throughout this Emilia Romagna GP weekend as he tops FP2 after leading FP1 too.

Red Bull have struggled a lot and Max Verstappen made more mistakes again and raged at his engineer again around the track as he struggles to get the set-up under control in the absence of Adrian Newey and Gianpiero Lambiase.

Leclerc leads Oscar Piastri and Yuki Tsunoda, leaving some questions about the validity of the top three on pace, but wouldn’t it be amazing if it’s true? Then comes:

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. George Russell

6. Carlos Sainz

7. Max Verstappen

8. Sergio Perez

9. Nico Hulkenberg

10. Fernando Alonso

6 minutes to go: Max Verstappen off the track!

It is not working out for the defending champion at all. He’s half a second off the pace and can’t figure out the balance of his Red Bull and now he goes off the track at the final two corners of the lap after locking up his wheel.

He’s 7th overall.

10 minutes to go: Leclerc gets punchy

Charles Leclerc gets his elbows out into the Sector 1 hairpin as he throws it up the inside of Sergio Perez and runs him wide after the Mexican didn’t get out of the way earlier into the lap.

Leclerc doesn’t seem to be happy with just testing lap times clearly…

15 minutes to go: Tsunoda noted for a practice start infringement

The rules say that the RB driver has to do a practice start BEFORE passing the pit-lane exit lights but he goes well beyond to the Grand Prix practice start spot and he is quickly noted by the FIA and Race Control.

18 minutes to go: Ferrari still on top in Imola

Ferrari have been practically untouchable today and they still lead the session after 40 minutes. They’re in an excellent position to win this season as Red Bull continue to drop the ball at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari…

He leads Oscar Piastri and Yuki Tsunoda in the top three.

4. Lewis Hamilton.

5. George Russell.

6. Carlos Sainz.

7. Max Verstappen.

8. Sergio Perez.

9. Nico Hulkenberg.

10. Fernando Alonso.

22 minutes to go: Verstappen almost crashes into Hamilton!

Max Verstappen isn’t happy at Lewis Hamilton getting out of the way and he aggressively swerves right to make a point to the Mercedes man, but they almost crash in a very similar incident to the 2017 Azerbaijan GP.

Verstappen isn’t okay at the moment and here’s his radio to his new engineer: “My God. I don’t know man. It’s so difficult everything man. This time suddenly the front grips up a lot, I almost spin.”

27 minutes to go: Red Bull are just not there

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are only able to go 6th and 7th fastest behind four different teams including their sister team, RB. Is this going to be their worst weekend since 2022?

They just don’t seem to have any pace at all…

33 minutes to go: Verstappen loses in middle sector

Max Verstappen was around 0.066 up after Sector 1 but found himself 0.3 down in Sector 2 before losing another tenth as he gets to the line. That leaves him almost half a second down on Charles Leclerc and 0.3 down on Oscar Piastri.

Verstappen was possibly held up by an Aston Martin but could this be the weekend of the season for fans and everyone else?

35 minutes to go: The softs work a treat for Ferrari

What a weekend for Ferrari so far. Anything they throw at the wall is sticking as Charles Leclerc puts on some soft tyres and immediately pulls 0.7 clear of Lewis Hamilton in third. Ferrari might be the real deal this weekend.

But Verstappen has just put softs on too…

40 minutes to go: Ferrari 1-2 in Imola

It’s a good weekend so far for Ferrari who currently lead FP2 perfectly with a 1-2 as Charles Leclerc tops the times ahead of Carlos Sainz. Can they win their first race in Italy since 2019? Has it really been that long?

Then comes Max Verstappen in third, just over a tenth back from Leclerc as he seems happier with the balance of his Red Bull car now.

4. Tsunoda.

5. Norris.

6. Perez.

7. Russell

8. Hamilton

9. Alonso

10. Ricciardo

44 minutes to go: Leclerc worried about his car

Charles Leclerc asks his brand new race engineer to check the power steering on his car after he takes a whack with a kerb. Leclerc currently leads the session overall and didn’t sound too concerned about the steering.

47 minutes to go: Alonso complains about Hamilton

Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton’s rivalry needs no introduction and the Aston Martin man takes the chance to score a cheap point over his foe as he reports him for impeding in two different locations on two different laps.

“Hamilton thinks he’s alone on the track,” Alonso quips to his engineer. He’s currently 9th overall, with Hamilton one place ahead.

49 minutes to go: Williams in trouble

Both Williams are currently bound in their garage as the team have Alex Albon’s car is strapped down to the exposed mechanical components as they work furiously to get him ready for FP1.

There is no sign of Logan Sargeant either.

50 minutes to go: Tsunoda top of very tight field

Yuki Tsunoda goes top of the board with a 1:16.895, beating Max Verstappen by just 0.035 as less than a tenth separates the top four cars.

52 minutes to go: Pierre Gasly has a spin

We had quite a few spinners in FP1 and Pierre Gasly’s Alpine is the first to pull off a 360 as it loops around embarrassingly. The Frenchman continues all okay. He’s 12th at the moment.

55 minutes to go: Hulkenberg with a problem

Haas get the news they wouldn’t want as Nico Hulkenberg pits saying something is “wrong” with his car.

Did you know he’s never raced around this circuit despite being 36?

GREEN FLAG: FP2 gets underway. Can Ferrari build on their early Friday success?

Ferrari’s upgrades appear to be very successful based on FP1 so can they continue their fine form throughout the final session of Friday?

It’s a good start as Charles Leclerc instantly goes fastest overall, leading Carlos Sainz in a Ferrari 1-2.

Is Max Verstappen not 100% focused on F1 this weekend?

Max Verstappen will pursue his true passion at the Emilia Romagna GP, and it isn’t driving an F1 car as he will compete in an endurance video game race at the weekend.

So after a tough FP1 littered with mistakes, is the Dutchman not focused on his full-time job?

Logan Sargeant has it all to do in FP2…

Logan Sargeant is under serious pressure at Williams after failing to step up his game in his second season with the team, and finishing 18th in FP1 will do little to help him.

Will he respond in FP2 and show James Vowles why he should keep his spot over any usurpers?

ICYMI: Here are your FP1 results

Charles Leclerc topped a Ferrari 1-3 at their home circuit as their upgrade package appears to be working a treat around Imola, whilst Max Verstappen had a terrible session by making a series of unforced errors in Red Bull’s first race weekend without Adrian Newey.

Mercedes look good and McLaren are never too far away, but where did they place? Here are your FP1 results.

Emilia Romagna GP 2024 Pirelli Tyre Info

Pirelli introduces the softest trio of dry tire compounds (C3, C4, and C5) at Imola for the first time, aiming to enhance strategy options in a race typically requiring just one pit stop. The circuitโ€™s relatively abrasive asphalt and narrow layout, combined with a single DRS zone, make overtaking challenging, underscoring the importance of qualifying

Where to Watch the F1 2024 Emilia Romagna GP

Sky Sports F1 remains the home for live Formula 1 racing in the UK. The channel will provide comprehensive coverage of the Emilai Romagna GP, including practice, qualifying, and the race itself. Meanwhile, F1 fans in the USA can catch all the action across ESPN.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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