Ferrari returned to lead a free practice in Australia. After Carlos Sainz (Ferrari F1-75)
having been the fastest in the first session, beating his teammate by more than half a second, this time it was Charles Leclerc (Ferrari F1-75) who was the fastest on the track, having already made it clear that the Scuderia continues strong in this start of the third race of the Formula 1 World Cup, the Australian GP.
On a track with some signs of rain at the start of the practice, after being eight tenths away, Max Verstappen (Red Bull RB18) was this time second at 0.245s, getting significantly closer to the front, even though he continued to complain about not able to insert your Red Bull RB18 in curves as you want.
After leading the first session, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari F1-75) was now third, almost four tenths behind his teammate.
The session was halted with 11 minutes remaining due to debris left behind by Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin.
Good signs left by Alpine, with Fernando Alonso (Alpine A522/Renault) in fourth and Esteban Ocon (Alpine A522/Renault) in sixth. in the middle of both, Sergio Perez (Red Bull RB18) was four tenths behind his teammate.
Alfa Romeo continues to show that it is competitive, with Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo C42/Ferrari) putting his car back in the top 10, this time in seventh, ahead of Lando Norris (McLaren MCL36/Mercedes), with the Woking team again put their two cars in the top 10. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren MCL36/Mercedes) was 10th. however, the team got worse after the first session, as they were 5th and 8th.
Pierre Gasly was ninth with his AlphaTauri AT03/Red Bull, and as you can see, no Mercedes was in the top 10. In the first session, Brackley’s two cars were in 7th and 12th and this time, George Russell (Mercedes F1 W13/ Mercedes) was 11th and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes F1 W13/Mercedes) was just 13th. As you can see, the problems continue in the Mercedes.
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin AMR22/Mercedes) did not ride after the engine problem of the first session, and he can still be penalized, as he rode a motorcycle on the track without authorization from the race direction,
This time Haas is not doing as well as it was in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, as its drivers, Kevin Magnussen (Haas VF-22/Ferrari) and Mick Schumacher (Haas VF-22/Ferrari) after being 18th and 20th in FP1, they did a little better now, 16th and 18th. The Williams remain at the bottom of the table.
Lando Norris set the initial benchmark in a 1m21.852s, but McLaren’s lead did not last long, with Charles Leclerc taking the lead in 1m20.898s.
With 10 minutes of session, Bottas passed the front with 1m20.432s, in the Mercedes George Russell and Lewis Hamilton had slight departures from the track. It’s not often to see the seven-time world champion off the track.
With 10 minutes elapsed, Carlos Sainz moved to the top of the table with 1m19.979s, ahead of Leclerc, with 1m20.175s. With Bottas in third, three Ferrari engines in front.
Shortly after, the ‘fight’ continued between Leclerc, who clocked 1m19.771s and took the lead with Sainz responding with 1m19.568s.
Halfway through the session, Lewis Hamilton was seventh with a 1m20.521s, Fernando Alonso posted a 1m19.537s, and took the lead, with the Ferraris responding immediately. Both improve, but this time it is Sainz who takes the best with a 1m19.376s, returning to first place, with his teammate in second with a 1m19.487s.
Esteban Ocon moved up to fourth, Max Verstappen moves up to fourth, among the Alpine, Perez also improves, but is only seventh behind Norris, with a 1m20.120s.
Leclerc lowers the best time even further with 1m18.978s, the two Red Bulls improve a little and the two McLarens as well. 15 minutes from the end of the session, Verstappen went on to share the two Ferraris with a 1m19.223s and 12 minutes from the end there is a red flag, caused by debris on the way from Stroll’s Aston Martin.
The session ended without anything else being logged.
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