Event: Australian Grand Prix
Track: Albert Park Circuit

Second Free Practice Results 2023 Australian F1 GP

Charles Leclerc gets pushed back into the Ferrari pitbox at Albert Park circuit during free practice

Weather: dry/wet 26.6°C
Tarmac: dry/wet  26°C
Humidity: 73%
Wind: 2 km/h SE
Pressure: 1013.0 bar

As the second practice session for the 2023 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix commenced, teams hastily dispatched their cars onto the track in anticipation of an imminent rain shower.

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz led the charge, closely followed by Lando Norris, who executed a stylish drift as he exited the McLaren pit box. As Sainz clocked his first timed lap at 1:20.378 on medium tyres, Mercedes' George Russell reported light rain at Turn 3.

Williams faced challenges, as it took them five minutes to send Alex Albon out for FP2. Meanwhile, rookie teammate Logan Sargeant remained in the pits for the first 15 minutes due to an apparent electrical issue. At that point, Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets with a 1:18.887 on mediums in his Aston Martin, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc was second (+0.445s). Max Verstappen was third (+0.615) on Mediums with the Red Bull.

As the rain intensified, drivers retreated to the pits, awaiting more favorable conditions. The downpour only grew heavier midway through the session, with few cars venturing out on track.

With 15 minutes remaining, Sargeant was still in the pits as other drivers experimented with intermediate tyres under the wet conditions. Australian native Oscar Piastri emerged as the fastest in the McLaren, recording a 1:30.1, while Russell and Albon trailed closely with a 1:30.5. Notably, both Red Bull and Ferrari opted against pursuing fast laps on the intermediate tyres.

The fastest sector times during this FP2 for the 2023 Australian F1 GP were:

  1. Sector 1: 27.191 sec. by Sergio Pérez(Red Bull)
  2. Sector 2: 17.817 sec. by Sergio Pérez (Red Bull)
  3. Sector 3: 33.500 sec. by Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin)

Last years quickest lap in FP2 was a 1:18,978 min driven by Charles Leclerc with the Ferrari F1-75.

FP2 Times Table 2023 Australian GP

P No Driver Team Time 1st Gap Laps Tyres
1 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:18,887 13 🟡M
2 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:19,332 +0,445s 10 🟡M
3 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:19,502 +0,615s 12 🟡M
4 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:19,672 +0,785s 20 ⚪H
5 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:19,695 +0,808s 12 🟡M
6 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:19,725 +0,838s 12 🟡M
7 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:20,083 +1,196s 15 🔴S
8 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:20,176 +1,289s 20 ⚪H
9 27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas 1:20,194 +1,307s 19 ⚪H
10 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine 1:20,206 +1,319s 12 ⚪H
11 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:20,220 +1,333s 18 ⚪H
12 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:20,312 +1,425s 22 🟡M
13 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:20,323 +1,436s 17 ⚪H
14 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:20,380 +1,493s 24 🟡M
15 23 Alex Albon Williams 1:20,470 +1,583s 22 🟡M
16 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:20,579 +1,692s 15 ⚪H
17 21 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri 1:20,600 +1,713s 8 ⚪H
18 23 Alex Albon Williams 1:21,182 +2,295s 18 🔴S
19 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:21,266 +2,379s 18 🟡M
20 2 Logan Sargeant Williams no time - 0 -

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