2024 Australian GP FP2: Ferrari Shows Pace Ahead of Red Bull

Charles Leclerc finishes the first day of the Australian Grand Prix in P1 after dominating FP2, with Verstappen and Sainz following.


By Ben Bush
Updated on March 24, 2024

Charles Leclerc Ferrari FP2 2024 Australian Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, FP2 – 2024 Australian Grand Prix

The session kicked off under clear skies at 4:00 PM local time, though it began without two drivers who stayed in the pits. Verstappen experienced a delayed start to his session while his team addressed some floor damage to his RB20 incurred during FP1.

Alex Albon missed out on FP2 due to the significant crash earlier. Although he was unharmed, his team needed extra time to evaluate the extent of his car’s damage.

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FP1’s challenging conditions saw several drivers veer off track, and the trend continued into FP2. Logan Sargeant spun early in the session, the wind having picked up, though he managed to escape hitting the barriers after sliding into the gravel. Similarly, the Mercedes pair and other drivers found themselves off-track as the session unfolded.

During the session on soft tyres, Charles Leclerc secured top spot with a lap time of 1:17.277, establishing a lead of 0.381 seconds over Max Verstappen. Verstappen, who joined the session about 25 minutes late, had a different timing for his runs compared to the rest of the drivers.

Carlos Sainz claimed third, marking a strong return after his surgery for appendicitis two weeks earlier. The Aston Martin drivers, Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso impressed with fourth and fifth, respectively.

George Russell managed the sixth fastest time, facing a somewhat difficult session for Mercedes, followed by Oscar Piastri in seventh and Sergio Perez in eighth. Lando Norris, who led in FP1, ended up in ninth, with RB’s Yuki Tsunoda completing the top ten.

Zhou Guanyu placed 11th for Alfa Romeo, as the team aimed to overcome recent pit stop challenges, while Daniel Ricciardo finished 12th before his home fans.

Logan Sargeant, in the Williams, was 13th after several off-track excursions during the hour, with Valtteri Bottas in 14th and Pierre Gasly leading Alpine in 15th.

Nico Hulkenberg secured 16th following his recent point finish for Haas in Saudi Arabia, with Esteban Ocon in 17th.

Lewis Hamilton had a challenging day, finishing 18th after discarding his first two flying laps. Kevin Magnussen wrapped up the session in 19th.

With the Friday sessions in Melbourne concluded, the teams are set to analyse their performance data in preparation for Free Practice 3 on Saturday at 12:30 local time, ahead of the day’s qualifying.

Australian GP FP2 Results

2024 Australian Grand Prix, 22 March 2024

116Charles LeclercFerrari1:17.27726
21Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:17.658+0.381s21
355Carlos SainzFerrari1:17.707+0.430s25
418Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:17.822+0.545s29
514Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:17.912+0.635s31
663George RussellMercedes1:17.951+0.674s24
781Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes1:18.077+0.800s29
811Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:18.090+0.813s33
94Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes1:18.155+0.878s23
1022Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT1:18.188+0.911s27
1124Zhou GuanyuKick Sauber Ferrari1:18.421+1.144s32
123Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT1:18.534+1.257s30
132Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:18.578+1.301s23
1477Valtteri BottasKick Sauber Ferrari1:18.585+1.308s32
1510Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:18.691+1.414s33
1627Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:18.702+1.425s28
1731Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:18.705+1.428s32
1844Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:18.834+1.557s23
1920Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:19.275+1.998s31

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