World champion Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the second practice session for the Portuguese Grand Prix on Friday, while Daniel Ricciardo finished eighth in the second session.
The Australian crossed the line with four places ahead of teammate Lando Norris, which was a reversal of their standings from the first practice session earlier today.
“I think it was a better day personally,” said Ricciardo.
“For me, I just felt like I was coping from the start of FP1… Certainly, I felt like today I had taken a step forward in terms of car confidence and ability. to hang it up a bit more. “
Ricciardo admitted that his driving style in the corners made it difficult in the McLaren, but he is getting more and more used to the car while working on the simulator.
“The car, at least the trend, rewards a little bit of a different technique and a little different styling and it goes from the cornering, to the way you use the brake and then come back on the accelerator,” he said.
“It’s kind of unique, so I worked on this in the simulator and tried to highlight it today. I think it was happening and naturally I was getting more confident with how the car slips.
“I think the general characteristics of the car are, let’s say what they are at the moment,” he added. “In some corners I can definitely use my style but for the most part the best way to drive is a different style.
“I’m trying to let the guys know where the weaknesses are and how I would like to drive the car, so we’re trying to bring in updates to fix it. But until then, I’ll just learn to drive that’s how it is. “
Hamilton clocked 1min 19.837sec in the Mercedes to beat Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on 1min 19.980sec with Valtteri Bottas, in the second Mercedes, third in 1min 20.181sec.
Bottas had set the best time of the morning session with 1min 19.648sec.
Many teams suffered from tire issues during the day, with most cars struggling to warm up their pavements during the hot lap. Lando Norris also struggled with the temperature of the tires in the second session.
“There were a lot of people making mistakes, including me, so it’s not easy to put it all together,” he said.
“You don’t like an obvious lap where the tires are good, they last a couple of laps here. So yeah, it’s different and it’s tricky.
“The car’s balance may not be as good as it has been the last few weekends. So we definitely have a bit of work to do to make sure we’re in the top 10. And we’re not sure. to be in the top 10. which is important to enter Q3 (qualifying three).
“So it’s a little harder than expected and a little harder than we want. But, yes, we have overnight to try and make improvements for qualifying.”
The afternoon session in Portimao was delayed for 10 minutes to fix a faulty manhole cover before Hamilton set the pace, overtaking practice for the first time this season.
Former champion Fernando Alonso, who took fifth place in his Alpine (formerly Renault), was the story of the day, with teammate Esteban Ocon sixth.
“It has been a good training day for me and the most comfortable I have had this season compared to Bahrain and Imola,” said Alonso.