Saudi Arabia GP: Charles Leclerc continues streak, Max Verstappen keeps pole position hopes alive

Check out the complete report of the second free practice session of 2022 Saudi Arabian GP!

Charles Leclerc in Saudi Arabia
Charles Leclerc in Saudi Arabia

Charles Leclerc continued his magical form in the second practice session of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The Monagesque was on par to claim his second Pole position of the season with a time of 1:30.074. Meanwhile teammate Carlos Sainz was 3rd ahead of the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell

Max Verstappen determined to score his first points in his title defence year came in a very close 2nd. Meanwhile, teammate Sergio Perez put a late drive and came 4th. The Red Bull cars seem to be much more reliable and would have addressed the fuel issue that lead to the double DNF in Bahrain.

But the highlight of the session comes from an incident that took place off track. The incident was that of fire caused due to a Yemeni Houthi led Missle attack in the Aramco oil depot, which is situated near the airport and the track itself. The Saudi GP could even be cancelled as the decision will be taken post FP2.

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How did the drivers perform in the second session heading towards the Saudi Arabian GP?

Max Verstappen in his RB18
Max Verstappen in his RB18

As for McLaren, their reliability has been solid so far today, and Lando Norris is firmly in the top 10 in a very obvious sign of progress from last weekend. Daniel Ricciardo is down in P15 as he continues to learn the ways of the MCL36. Kevin Magnussen stopped by the side of the track and is jumping out of the car at the half-hour mark due to a hydraulics issue bringing out the Virtual safety car.

Yuki Tsunoda too had an issue right before the Chequered flag was shown and stopped the car right on track. While Piere Gasly managed a comfortable P12 finish. Valtteri Bottas who managed a top 3 finish in FP1 came 9th in the end of the first day.

Check out the times of the drivers:

PositionName of the DriverTeamFastest Lap
1Charles LeclercFerrari1:30.074
2Max VerstappenRed Bull1:30.214
3Carlos SainzAlfa Romeo1:30.320
4Sergio PerezFerrari1:30.360
5Lewis Hamilton AlphaTauri1:30.513
6George RussellAlphaTauri1:30.664
7Lando Norris Red Bull1:30.563
8Esteban OconAlpine1:30.735
9Valtteri BottasMercedes1:30.832
10Yuki TsunodaAlpine
11Fernando Alonso McLaren1:30.944
12Pierre Gasly Aston Martin1:30.963
13Mick SchumacherMcLaren1:31.169
14Lance Stroll Alfa Romeo1:31.527
15Daniel RicciardoMercedes1:31.615
16Nico HulkenbergAston Martin1:31.034
17Zhou GuanyuWilliams1:31.034
18Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:31.234
19Alex AlbonHaas1:31.866
20Kevin MagnussenHaas

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