Ferrari finished one-two for the second practice session in a row at Hockenheim, with Charles Leclerc leading Sebastian Vettel in FP2, while Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly crashed.
Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton was third, beating Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas who was 0.662s adrift of Leclerc’s benchmark in a distant fourth
Much like in the opening practice session, Mercedes set the early pace, with a medium tyre-shod Hamilton leading Bottas – who opted for the hard compound – prior to the qualifying simulations.
When the field bolted on the soft tyres, Ferrari surged to the top of the times with Leclerc recording a 1m13.449s benchmark.
Despite having caught traffic in the final two corners, Leclerc’s time remained the fastest of the session, as his team-mate Vettel could only manage a pace 0.124s slower to pip Hamilton to second spot.
But Leclerc’s session was not trouble-free, as he struggled on his first run with a brake issue in which the pedal was misaligned.
Then during his race simulation evaluation, his car slipped off of the front jacks while the team attempted a practice pitstop.
Fourth-placed Bottas also endured an imperfect practice, as his qualifying simulation was hindered when he ran wide at the penultimate corner.
Bottas’ best was only 0.022s clear of Red Bulls Max Verstappen who ended the day in fifth place despite having to abort his first soft tyre run on account of a powerunit gremlin.
But Verstappen’s issues were minor compared with team-mate Gasly whose session ended in the barriers with 20 minutes remaining.
Gasly suffered a snap of oversteer at the exit of the final corner, pitching his Red Bull onto the grass and tearing off his left-side wheels against the wall.
Prior to the accident, Gasly failed to improve on his soft tyre run and ended the session in 15th.
With Gasly down the order, best of the rest spot meant sixth place for Romain Grosjean who was less than a tenth adrift of Verstappen’s pace.
Lance Stroll was seventh, ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez (10th) for the second consecutive session.
Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Hulkenberg also earned top 10 spots, ending the day in eighth and ninth respectively.
Hulkenberg did suffer a software issue in which his Renault was stuck in neutral at the end of the pitlane when he stopped for a practice start. McLaren’s Lando Norris was caught in a subsequent traffic jam and had to be retrieved by his mechanics.
Carlos Sainz Jr was 11th, with his session ending a couple of minutes early after he suffered a brake pedal failure in his McLaren.