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2024 F1 Australian Grand Prix

2024 F1 Australian Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 and 2 Results

22/03/2024

Leclerc heads Max Verstappen in second practice

After an initial session marked by several track exits, Free Practice 2 for the Australian Grand Prix took place in Melbourne at the Albert Park circuit, with the sun still shining over Australia.

Williams announced even before the session started that Alex Albon would not take part in the practice, as the team assessed damages from a significant collision into the wall during FP1.

In fact, it emerged that the Grove-based team hadn’t brought a spare chassis to Australia… because they didn’t have one. Therefore, if the chassis is irreparable, the team would have to withdraw one of its drivers and race with only one car.

To compound matters, Logan Sargeant had several scares throughout the hour-long session. The American couldn’t afford mistakes, as significant damage to his own car could spell disaster for the team. A spin after touching the gravel surely sent shivers down the team’s garage.

At the start of the session, Max Verstappen had to wait in the garage while Red Bull changed his floor after it sustained damage in FP1. It was his teammate Sergio Pérez who set the first FP2 time with 1’20″434.

Fernando Alonso quickly surpassed the Mexican by a second, clocking 1’19″412. Charles Leclerc posted the second-fastest time, soon bested by Oscar Piastri. Pérez also managed to slot in ahead of the Monégasque.

Pérez then improved to 1’18″805, while drivers were on medium tires at the start of the session to test conditions similar to those of Saturday’s qualifying. It was then that Sargeant spun.

Lando Norris improved with a 1’18″201, before being overtaken by Leclerc with 1’17″936. That’s when drivers started to switch to soft tires. Alonso moved up to second place, and Pérez to fourth, while Lance Stroll was quite far back.

Alonso eventually took the lead with 1’17″912, and Verstappen hit the track just before mid-session. Stroll made a mark with 1’17″822. Several drivers experienced minor off-track excursions without serious consequences.

Leclerc then accelerated to 1’17″423 and then 1’17″277, with Verstappen then switching to soft tires. He and Sainz positioned themselves four-tenths behind the Monégasque, before the Red Bull driver improved, still 0.381 seconds off the leading Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton was in a distant 18th place, seemingly puzzled over how to improve. After inquiring about Leclerc’s times, he stated, “Something is not right.”

Thus, Leclerc maintained the advantage ahead of Verstappen, who finished second for the second time of the day. Sainz was fourth, followed by the Aston Martins, then Russell, Piastri, Pérez, Norris, and Tsunoda, before Zhou and Ricciardo. Notably, Pierre Gasly was 15th and Esteban Ocon 17th. Kevin Magnussen, in 19th, was the only one not to run on softs.

2024 F1 Australian Grand Prix – Free Practice Results (2)

Pos.DriverTeamTimeLaps
01Charles LeclercFerrari SF-241:17.27726
02Max VerstappenRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:17.65821
03Carlos SainzFerrari SF-241:17.70725
04Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:17.82229
05Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:17.91231
06George RussellMercedes W151:17.95124
07Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:18.07729
08Sergio PérezRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:18.09033
09Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:18.15523
10Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:18.18827
11Guanyu ZhouStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:18.42132
12Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:18.53430
13Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes FW461:18.57823
14Valtteri BottasStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:18.58532
15Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault A5241:18.69133
16Nico HülkenbergHaas Ferrari VF-241:18.70228
17Esteban OconAlpine Renault A5241:18.70532
18Lewis HamiltonMercedes W151:18.83423
19Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari VF-241:19.27531
20Alex AlbonWilliams Mercedes FW46– :—.—0

Free Practice 1 – Norris tops first Australian GP F1 practice as Alex Albon crashes out

Free Practice 1 -  Norris tops

The Australian Grand Prix kicked off with FP1 under Melbourne’s sunny skies. An initially green track led to several mishaps, with the session highlighted by a red flag. On the other side of the globe, the GP at Albert Park poses a challenging prospect.

In terms of developments, six teams brought updates, mostly minor ones. Ferrari introduced a small additional fin on the pylon of its rear wing. Williams F1 debuted new rear brake ducts, necessitating adjustments to the fins around the duct.

Alpine unveiled a specific beam wing for the Melbourne circuit, and Aston Martin featured a modified flap on its front wing. RB F1 adjusted the profiles of its rear wing, and Kick Sauber slightly redesigned its rear wing.

Several drivers took turns leading in the early minutes of the session, with Lance Stroll’s impressive lap time soon overtaken by Yuki Tsunoda with a 1’20″567. Tsunoda’s medium tire lap was surpassed by Sergio Pérez’s 1’19″977 on soft tires.

Stroll reclaimed the lead with a 1’19″858 on mediums, and Oscar Piastri delighted the local crowd by taking the lead with a 1’19″381 on mediums. Charles Leclerc improved with a 1’19″337 on soft tires.

Pérez, still on soft tires, accelerated to a 1’19″238. Leclerc beat this with a 1’19″110, before Max Verstappen completed an excellent lap in 1’18″670. Lando Norris did even better with a 1’18″564.

Stroll moved into third place, while Fernando Alonso was held in the pits for a floor change after an off-track excursion. There were a few minor offs, but no significant damage was reported.

Leclerc rose to fifth while Stroll confirmed his competitiveness by setting the second-fastest time. The RB F1 drivers were sixth and seventh, temporarily the fastest on medium tires.

On softs, Tsunoda climbed to second, just 0″057 behind Norris. Several drivers had yet saved their soft tires, but George Russell also went for softs in the second half of the day’s first session.

Russell had a high-speed control loss at turn number 10, narrowly managing it. Valtteri Bottas also lost his car at the same spot, resulting in a high-speed spin.

The session was then halted by a red flag following Alex Albon’s crash in the fast lake-bordering sector. His car sustained significant wheel damage after impacts against the wall, first on the right then on the left.

A repeat of last year’s race incident for the Thai driver at the same spot, which could have been much worse given the wall impacts’ severity and the significant loss of control before the first wall contact.

The session resumed with less than ten minutes left, but drivers continued to struggle. Hamilton, Verstappen, and Pérez each made track errors, unlike Russell, who climbed to seventh.

Hamilton and Sainz made progress, as did Verstappen, moving up to second, with Russell in third. Norris finished on top, less than a tenth ahead of… Pérez, in sixth! The Mexican indeed was just 0″078 off the top time!

2024 F1 Australian Grand Prix – Free Practice Results (1)

Pos.DriverTeamTimeLaps
01Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:18.56423
02Max VerstappenRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:18.58219
03George RussellMercedes W151:18.59721
04Charles LeclercFerrari SF-241:18.59922
05Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:18.62126
06Sergio PérezRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:18.64223
07Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:18.66726
08Carlos SainzFerrari SF-241:18.68623
09Lewis HamiltonMercedes W151:18.77120
10Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:18.91825
11Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:19.27425
12Alex AlbonWilliams Mercedes FW461:19.44311
13Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari VF-241:19.48921
14Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes FW461:19.51922
15Esteban OconAlpine Renault A5241:19.56125
16Nico HülkenbergHaas Ferrari VF-241:19.60421
17Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault A5241:19.62225
18Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:19.71616
19Guanyu ZhouStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:19.98923
20Valtteri BottasStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:20.01421

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