Carlos Sainz topped the time sheets in free practice 1, and Charles Leclerc was fastest in free practice 2, for this weekends Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park. A very successful first day for Scuderia Ferrari. The third and final free practice will take place on Saturday ahead of qualifying for Sundays Grand Prix.
Free practice 1
The Scuderia Ferrari drivers set the two fastest times in the first free practice session for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, with Carlos Sainz ahead of Charles Leclerc.
45 laps. Carlos and Charles both started on the Hard tyres, setting times of 1’21”249 and 1’21”815 respectively. The session was red flagged so that debris could be removed from the track, after which the two F1-75s switched to Soft tyres, on which the drivers got down to 1’19”806 and 1’20”377. Towards the end of the session, both drivers ran a heavier fuel load and the Hard tyres they had used at the start. Sainz did a total of 24 laps and Leclerc completed 21. The second hour of free practice starts at 16 local (8 CET).
Free Practice 2
Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were first and third fastest respectively for Scuderia Ferrari in the second free practice session for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.
54 laps. Both drivers began the session on Medium tyres to complete the evaluation of all the Pirelli compounds available in Australia. On these tyres Charles did a 1’20”523 and Carlos stopped the clocks in 1’21”145 having encountered a lot of traffic in the final sector. The Spaniard then improved to 1’19”979.
The F1-75s were then switched to Soft tyres and the times came down to 1’19”568 for Leclerc and 1’19”771 for Carlos before the Spaniard improved to 1’19”376 and the Monegasque to 1’18”978. Max Verstappen split the two Ferraris, second in 1’19”223.
Towards the end of the session, both drivers went out on a heavier fuel load and the Medium tyres used earlier. Sainz and Leclerc did 27 laps each
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