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F1 Australian GP: Alonso tops rain-hit second practice from Leclerc

F1 Australian GP: Alonso tops rain-hit second practice from Leclerc

Baku, March 31, AZERTAC

Fernando Alonso led Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen in second practice for Formula 1's 2023 Australian Grand Prix, which featured little meaningful dry running as rain arrived at Albert Park, according to Motorsport.com.

Verstappen led the pack out of the pits at the start of FP2, but it was Carlos Sainz that set the first time to set the first place benchmark, the Spaniard putting in a 1m20.378s on the medium tyres to establish the first-place benchmark.

A few minutes later, Verstappen beat this with a 1m19.759s while also running the mediums, before Sainz shot back ahead with his second lap to complete a 1m19.695s.

But this only stood as the best time for a few moments as Alonso's first flier on the mediums resulted in a 1m18.887s for the Spaniard, which then stood as the leading lap for nearly all the session.

Behind Alonso, Leclerc and Verstappen in the final times came Russell, Sainz, Ocon and Sergio Perez in seventh.

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