Leclerc Brings the Energy in FP2, Sainz Crashes

November 24, 2023Ramon Jones
Formula 1

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) was the leader on day one of practice in Abu Dhabi. Leclerc led Lando Norris and Max Verstappen by just under 2 tenths. The beginning of the session was cut short after Carlos Sainz crashed into the barrier. The incident took about 25 minutes to clear before the session resumed. After the break most of the drivers opted for soft tires to run pre FP3 qualifying pace sessions. However, a second red flag stopped the session again delaying it further ultimately making the session worthless for qualifying pace. With 16 minutes left in the session the drivers would return to the track.

Valtteri Bottas in the Top 5

Valtteri Bottas set a flyer to finish in the top 5 in the session. Bottas had the following words after the session, “It is definitely quite nice to finish both sessions in P4, although it’s quite difficult to say where we really stand at the end of today. We had a couple of unusual sessions today: the first one featuring several rookie drivers, and the second one affected by two red flags in a row – therefore not allowing everyone to get good laps in.

Still, we went through the full program for the day, and the feeling in the car is pretty good, which is promising for the days ahead. Of course, there is still a long way to go, and we need to be at our best for Qualifying and for Sunday’s race as well. Our target for Saturday remains Q3, and if we do our homework right overnight, we have a solid chance of achieving that tomorrow.”

FP3 kicks off tomorrow morning.

Full FP2 Results

1Charles LeclercFERRARI1:24.80916
2Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:24.852+0.043s18
3Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:24.982+0.173s17
4Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:25.024+0.215s16
5Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:25.112+0.303s17
6George RussellMERCEDES1:25.122+0.313s17
7Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:25.223+0.414s18
8Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:25.315+0.506s16
9Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:25.321+0.512s15
10Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:25.361+0.552s18
11Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:25.397+0.588s17
12Daniel RicciardoALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT1:25.467+0.658s16
13Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:25.492+0.683s17
14Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:25.566+0.757s17
15Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT1:25.669+0.860s17
16Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:26.081+1.272s20
17Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:26.413+1.604s18
18Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:26.659+1.850s17
19Carlos SainzFERRARI1:26.707+1.898s4
20Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:27.147+2.338s7