Charles Leclerc has set the quickest lap time of the Australian Grand Prix FP2.
The on-track action at the Albert Park Circuit continued on Friday afternoon with the second free practice session.
Numerous drivers started their programs as soon as the pit lane exit was opened. The Medium and Hard compounds were the popular choice in the opening stages of the session.
Sebastian Vettel had his power unit replaced during the session, so he did not go out on the race track.
Mick Schumacher had a lock-up in the final sector and had to go off track. He did not hit a barrier and rejoined the track shortly after. Valtteri Bottas also locked up his tires and went through gravel in turn 1.
The Ferrari duo of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc kept showing the team’s strong form as they topped the standings halfway through the session.
The drivers eventually switched to the Soft tires, so the lap times kept improving.
The practice had to be briefly red-flagged in order to remove gravel a bodywork part that had fallen off Lance Stroll’s car from the track surface.
The drivers switched to the race simulation program in the final minutes of the session.
Leclerc was the fastest driver of the session. Max Verstappen was second, while Carlos Sainz completed the top 3.
The results of the Australian GP FP2:
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||+0.245||S|
|5||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing||+0.680||S|
|7||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||+1.077||S|
|14||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+1.633||S|
|15||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo||+2.085||S|
|20||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||No time|