Formula 1: LeClerc paces the field in FP2

16 LECLERC Charles (mco), Scuderia Ferrari SF-24, action during the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2024, 3rd round of the 2024 Formula One World Championship from March 22 to 24, 2024 on the Albert Park Circuit, in Melbourne, Australia – Photo Eric Alonso / DPPI

Ferrari’s Charles LeClerc set the pace this afternoon ahead of Max Verstappen and teammate Carlos Sainz. After the chaotic morning, the second free practice session had a much busier feel as 18 of the 20 drivers burst out of the garages at the start. Verstappen, however, was delayed due to floor damage on his RB20 from the earlier session on Friday, forcing his mechanics to complete repairs prior to his FP2 release.

Alex Albon was the second of those drivers not to be released at the beginning of FP2 with the Williams driver sitting out for the entirety of the session with tremendous damage to his car. Although uninjured, the extensive repairs needed forced the Williams team to withdraw the car from the session before it could begin.

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As with the first free practice session many drivers found themselves exploring the Australian wilderness. Logan Sargeant took his Williams for a spin as the wind at Albert ark began to pick up, and both Mercedes drivers took a trip off track, though neither suffered any damage.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the action from FP2 at Albert Park as Leclerc leads the way and several drivers go off track
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The Aston Martin pair of Stroll and Alonso finished their day in 4th and 5th, respectively, on the timesheets ahead of George Russell, Oscar Piastri, Sergio Perez, Lando Norris, and Yuki Tsunoda, who completed the top 10.

With Friday’s running at a close, teams will prepare for Saturday’s final practice at 12:30 circuit time before knockout qualifying at 16:00. the full weekend schedule, as well and our FP1 Report and FP2 results are below.



DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
Mar. 22ndPractice 112:30 – 13:30
Practice 216:00 – 17:00
Mar. 23rdPractice 312:30 – 13:30
Qualifying16:00 – 17:00
Mar. 24thRace15:00

Free Practice 2 Results:

116Charles LeclercFERRARI1:17.27726
21Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:17.6580.381s21
355Carlos SainzFERRARI1:17.7070.430s25
418Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:17.8220.545s29
514Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:17.9120.635s31
663George RussellMERCEDES1:17.9510.674s24
781Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:18.0770.800s29
811Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:18.0900.813s33
94Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:18.1550.878s23
1022Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:18.1880.911s27
1124Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:18.4211.144s32
123Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:18.5341.257s30
132Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:18.5781.301s23
1477Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:18.5851.308s32
1510Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:18.6911.414s33
1627Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:18.7021.425s28
1731Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:18.7051.428s32
1844Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:18.8341.557s23
1920Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:19.2751.998s31