Third time Verstappen in second training GP Australia, Hamilton fastest

Max Verstappen set the third fastest time in the second free practice session for the Australian Grand Prix on Friday. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was again the fastest in Melbourne, while Ferrari was unable to impress.


Max Verstappen set the third fastest time in the second free practice session for the Australian Grand Prix on Friday. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was again the fastest in Melbourne, while Ferrari was unable to impress.

The 21-year-old Verstappen came to a time of 1.23,400 on soft tires. He thereby improved his time from the first training session, when the Red Bull Racing driver clocked 1.23.792.

Hamilton also proved himself during the second training, in which everyone set their fastest time on softs, the fastest on the Albert Park Circuit. The reigning world champion clocked a time of 1.22,600 and improved considerably compared to the first training session (1.23,599).

Hamilton's teammate at Mercedes Valtteri Bottas set the second fastest time (1.22.648) and was a lot faster than number three Verstappen and his French teammate at Red Bull Pierre Gasly (fourth time with 1.23.442).

Ferrari is not yet impressing in Melbourne

Where Mercedes impressed, Ferrari did not yet show its best side in Melbourne. Charles Leclerc in particular had a hard time, as 21-year-old Monegask set the ninth fastest time and even came to a halt in the grass just before the end of the training session after a spin.

His teammate at Ferrari and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel did better with the fifth time (1.23,473). The German, who won the Australian Grand Prix last year, had to admit to Hamilton for almost a second.

The third training starts on Saturday at 4.00 am and the qualification at 7.00 am (Dutch time). The Grand Prix of Australia starts on Sunday at 6.10 a.m. Verstappen finished sixth last year in Melbourne.

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