Event: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Track: Yas Marina Circuit

Weather: dry  26.9°C
Tarmac: dry  33.0°C
Humidity : 59%
Wind : 4.3 km/h S
Pressure: 1011 mbar

In today's Formula 1 action at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc emerged as the quickest driver in the second free practice session (FP2), a session punctuated by red flags and dramatic spins.

A Sunset Session with Mixed Conditions

As the sun began to set over the Yas Marina Circuit, teams and drivers were presented with a cooling track, providing a different challenge compared to the hotter conditions of FP1. The track temperature hovered around 34 Degrees Celsius, significantly impacting tyre strategies. Pirelli had provided teams with their softest compounds for this event, adding an extra layer of strategy.

Highs and Lows for Teams and Drivers

The session was off to a bustling start with Nico Hulkenberg leading the pack out of the pits. However, not all was smooth sailing. Carlos Sainz of Ferrari found himself in the barriers after a spin, prompting the first red flag of the session. This incident heavily disrupted the flow, costing valuable track time.

Halfway Top 10 Order FP2

Before the session resumed after the first red flag, 35 minutes already had been gone and the top 10 order was: 1. George Russell - 1:25.906 (M), 2. Daniel Ricciardo +0.468s (M), 3. Lance Stroll +0.504s (M), 4. Kevin Magnussen +0.507s (M), 5. Max Verstappen +0.547s (M), 6. Oscar Piastri +0.560s (M), 7. Charles Leclerc +0.665s (M), 8. Yuki Tsunoda +0.694s (M), 9. Valtteri Bottas +0.716s (H) & 10. Logan Sargeant +0.753 (S).

Second Red Flag

Later, a spin by Hulkenberg, resulting in rear wing damage, caused the second red flag. His car, showing signs of suspension damage, added to Haas's woes as they now face a race against time to prepare for FP3.

Standout Performances and Surprises

Despite the interruptions, several drivers managed to showcase their potential. George Russell of Mercedes topped the timing sheets for a significant portion of FP2. Lando Norris from McLaren, showing promising speed, was second fastest, narrowly trailing Leclerc.

Max Verstappen, in his Red Bull, could only manage the third fastest time, with his teammate Sergio Perez also struggling to maximize his lap. It was a session that hinted at a possible shake-up in the usual pecking order.

Looking Ahead to Qualifying

With the disrupted FP2 session, teams will be concerned about their lack of long-run data, especially considering the cooler conditions expected for the race. The pressure will be on in FP3, although it's expected to offer different conditions compared to what will be experienced in qualifying and the race.

Conclusions from FP2

As teams pack up, the key takeaways from FP2 are the strong one-lap pace of Ferrari and the potential for an open fight for the pole position. Leclerc has set the stage for an exciting qualifying session, but Verstappen and Norris, among others, are sure to be in the mix.

Quickest FP2 Sector Times

The quickest sector times in this PF2 were:

  • Sector 1: 17.252 sec. by Oscar Piastri (McLaren MCL60).
  • Sector 2: 36.251 sec. by Sergio Pérez (Red Bull RB19).
  • Sector 3: 31.005 sec. by Max Verstappen (Red Bull RB19).

The quickest lap time during last years FP2 was a 1:25,146 min driven by Max Verstappen with the Red Bull RB18.

FP2 Times Table 2023 Abu Dhabi F1 GP

P No Driver Team Time 1st Gap Laps Tyres
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:24,809 16 🔴S
2 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:24,852 +0,043s 18 🔴S
3 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:24,982 +0,173s 17 🔴S
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:25,024 +0,215s 16 🔴S
5 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:25,112 +0,303s 17 🔴S
6 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:25,122 +0,313s 17 🔴S
7 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:25,223 +0,414s 18 🔴S
8 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25,315 +0,506s 16 🔴S
9 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine 1:25,321 +0,512s 15 🔴S
10 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:25,361 +0,552s 18 🔴S
11 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:25,397 +0,588s 17 🔴S
12 3 Daniel Ricciardo AlphaTauri 1:25,467 +0,658s 16 🔴S
13 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:25,492 +0,683s 17 🔴S
14 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine 1:25,566 +0,757s 17 🔴S
15 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:25,669 +0,860s 17 🔴S
16 23 Alex Albon Williams 1:26,081 +1,272s 20 🔴S
17 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:26,413 +1,604s 18 🟡M
18 2 Logan Sargeant Williams 1:26,659 +1,850s 17 🔴S
19 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:26,707 +1,898s 4 🟡M
20 27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas 1:27,147 +2,338s 7 🟡M

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7 F1 Fan comments on “Second Free Practice Results & Report 2023 Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

  1. Jere Jyrälä

    Blaming dirty air seems a poor excuse, especially as that car was too far ahead to realistically impact that much, not to mention off the racing line, so wholly a driver error, perhaps caused by distraction.
    I wholly understand why Max went for the overtaking moves on the pit exit route as he did on Brazil's similarly long-ish exit route & besides, overtaking is permitted beyond the fast lane ending point, so fair play.

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    • shroppyfly

      Yes ok ,but the rules say,you should stay left (or is that just for the actual pitlane),now granted the pit exit is so narrow i can understand why King G thought no one would try and pass, so yeah within the rules fine but i can see that one being amended at specific tracks, due to the risk of a crash and blocked track and someone looking very foolish.

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  2. Suan

    Does anyone fully understand this is practice. The comment that MV could only manage the third fastest time, is hilarious. No mention that Lulu only manages 8th fastest. Who writes this stuff?

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