2024 Saudi Arabian GP FP2: Alonso Quickest Hamilton Investigated

Aston Martin outperforms Mercedes in Thursday's FP2 session in Jeddah; and a close call between Lewis Hamilton and Logan Sargeant.


By Ben Bush
Updated on March 9, 2024

Fernando Alonso AMR24 Aston Martin F1 2024 Saudi Arabian GP
Fernando Alonso, AMR24 Aston Martin F1 – 2024 Saudi Arabian GP

In a surprising turn of events for the 2024 Formula 1 season, Fernando Alonso led the pack with Aston Martin during the second practice session of the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, leaving Mercedes’ George Russell and Max Verstappen trailing in his wake.

Coming off a modest ninth-place finish in the season opener Bahrain Grand Prix, Alonso demonstrated formidable speed in Jeddah’s first practice, ultimately dominating the second practice with a leading time of 1:28.827 under the evening lights.

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Russell secured second spot, trailing by 0.230 seconds, while Verstappen, who clinched a commanding win at Bahrain, was a close third with the leading Red Bull car.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc claimed fourth, ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Alonso’s teammate at Aston Martin, Lance Stroll.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton found himself in eighth position, lagging by 0.677 seconds, and later faced scrutiny from the stewards for potentially hindering Logan Sargeant during a precarious moment in the session.

Hamilton, on a slower lap through Turn 10, inadvertently obstructed Sargeant’s faster lap, forcing the latter to swerve sharply to avoid a collision. Sargeant expressed his frustration over the team radio, criticising the move as excessively risky.

Hamilton explained over the Mercedes team radio that he was unaware of Sargeant’s lap, attempting to make way for Carlos Sainz when he unexpectedly encountered the Williams driver.

Sainz, who was closely tailing Hamilton during the incident, remarked on the perilous nature of Hamilton’s positioning, indicating that it nearly caused an accident with Sargeant.

This episode was among multiple close calls in a session characterised by its narrow, blind corners and the circuit’s enclosed walls.

Saudi Arabian GP FP2 Results

2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, 7 March 2024

1) Fernando AlonsoAston Martin1:28.827
2) George RussellMercedes+0.230
3) Max VerstappenRed Bull+0.331
4) Charles LeclercFerrari+0.353
5) Sergio Perez Red Bull+0.473
6) Lance Stroll Aston Martin+0.509
7) Carlos SainzFerrari+0.628
8) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes+0.677
9) Pierre GaslyAlpine+0.701
10) Oscar PiastriMcLaren+0.767
11) Yuki TsunodaRB+0.839
12) Lando NorrisMcLaren+0.931
13) Zhou GuanyuSauber+0.950
14) Alexander AlbonWilliams+0.962
15) Esteban Ocon Alpine+1.074
16) Logan SargeantWilliams+1.107
17) Kevin Magnussen Haas+1.158
18) Nico HulkenbergHaas+1.250
19) Daniel RicciardoRB+1.261
20) Valtteri BottasSauber+1.326

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