FP2: Leclerc leads Piastri during second practice as Norris deliberately hides McLaren's pace

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Emilia Romagna, Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrariit

Having led the opening one-hour practice, Charles Leclerc continued to demonstrate the impressive performace of his upgraded SF-24, albeit McLaren's Lando Norris could have easily topped the session had he not aborted his qualifying simulation lap. F1Technical's senior writer Balázs Szabó reports on Free Practice 2 from Imola.

Charles Leclerc set the benchmark time in the second one-hour practice at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, posting a time of 1m15.906s on Pirelli's soft tyres.

While Ferrari appeared to have an edge over its rivals on Friday, McLaren displayed eye-catching pace with both drives. Oscar Piastri took second only two tenths of a second adrift of Leclerc. His team-mate Lando Norris finished down in P12, but his qualifying simulation lap would have been enough for him to top the session, but he aborted his lap in Sector 3 and dived into the pits.

Yuki Tsunoda took a brilliant P3 in the afternoon session on a very important weekend for his team as Visa RB's fatory is only a few miles away from the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. However, the Japanese driver will be investigated after the session for a potential practice start infringement.

Having brought a few upgrades for the first European race of the season, Mercedes looked quick on all compounds. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell had a decent day, racking up a total of 28 and 31 laps. The seven-time world champion finished the one-hour session in P4, fourth tenths of a second off Leclerc's benchmark. His team-mate Russell was only fractionally slower as he took P5.


116Charles LeclercFerrari1:15.90628
281Oscar PiastriMclaren Mercedes1:16.098+0.192s29
322Yuki TsunodaRb Honda Rbpt1:16.286+0.380s31
444Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:16.297+0.391s28
563George RussellMercedes1:16.311+0.405s31
655Carlos SainzFerrari1:16.423+0.517s29
71Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:16.447+0.541s22
811Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:16.552+0.646s24
927Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:16.826+0.920s27
1014Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:16.838+0.932s28
113Daniel RicciardoRb Honda Rbpt1:16.967+1.061s31
124Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:16.980+1.074s29
1318Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:16.991+1.085s25
1431Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:17.008+1.102s30
1510Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:17.064+1.158s31
1677Valtteri BottasKick Sauber Ferrari1:17.088+1.182s27
1720Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:17.129+1.223s31
1823Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:17.135+1.229s22
1924Zhou GuanyuKick Sauber Ferrari1:17.606+1.700s27
202Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:17.848+1.942s21