The second free practice session at Melbourne again saw a Ferrari top the times. This time though it was Bahrain race winner Charles Leclerc topping the reigning World Champion and Ferrari team mate Carlos Sainz.
Fernando Alonso ended up a strong fourth and confirmed Alpine really are on the right path. Sergio Perez backed the Spaniard up with a 5th time to put both Red Bulls in the top 5, just ahead of Esteban Ocon in the second Renault-powered Alpine.
Valtteri Bottas had another solid session as well even though he paid a visit to the gravel trap to do a bit of rallying at one point in the session. His Alfa Romeo didn't incur any damage however so it was just a minor event.
Eight was Lando Norris as McLaren seem to come alive and clearly a lot better than in the first two races. Pierre Gasly and Daniel Ricciardo rounded up the top 10.
That meant neither Mercedes made it in there, with Russell 11th and Hamilton stuck in 13th. Both drivers reported after the session it appeared like no setup change appeared to impact the car's performance at all, making it very difficult to drive. Hamilton too therefore ran through the same gravel trap as Bottas did earlier.
As Haas were still fighting it out at the back with Williams, Vettel was worse off as he didn't even get out on track with the team unable to get his car ready following the power unit failure in FP1.
|2||1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Rbpt||1:19.223||+0.245s||22|
|4||14||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault||1:19.537||+0.559s||22|
|5||11||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing Rbpt||1:19.658||+0.680s||20|
|6||31||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault||1:19.842||+0.864s||25|
|7||77||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:20.055||+1.077s||25|
|8||4||Lando Norris||Mclaren Mercedes||1:20.100||+1.122s||24|
|9||10||Pierre Gasly||Alphatauri Rbpt||1:20.142||+1.164s||27|
|10||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Mclaren Mercedes||1:20.203||+1.225s||24|
|12||22||Yuki Tsunoda||Alphatauri Rbpt||1:20.424||+1.446s||30|
|14||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes||1:20.611||+1.633s||28|
|15||24||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:21.063||+2.085s||23|
|16||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari||1:21.191||+2.213s||23|
|17||23||Alexander Albon||Williams Mercedes||1:21.912||+2.934s||28|
|18||47||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari||1:21.974||+2.996s||22|
|19||6||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes||1:22.307||+3.329s||24|