Charles Leclerc gave Ferrari hope they can secure second place in the constructors’ championship after topping a disrupted second practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
After sitting out of FP1 so Ferrari’s young driver Robert Shwartzman could have a session, Leclerc was immediately on the pace and was just under a tenth quicker than McLaren’s Lando Norris.
Reigning world champion Max Verstappen had a wild session after overtaking several cars in the pits before setting the third-fastest time, over a tenth slower than Leclerc.
Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest in what will be Alfa Romeo’s last weekend as a partner of Sauber, with Sergio Perez and George Russell rounding off the top six.
The session was red-flagged after less than ten minutes as Carlos Sainz suffered yet another early exit from a practice session with a violent crash at Turn 3
However, after a delay of over 20 minutes, the red flag was brought out again as Nico Hulkenberg spun on the exit of Turn 1, clattering the wall and ending his session early.
F1 2023 Abu Dhabi GP – Practice 2 results