Sainz fastest in first practice for F1 Australian Grand Prix
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc led a one-two Ferrari sweep in the first practice session Friday for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix. Sainz completed the revamped Albert Park circuit in a time of 1 minute, 19.806 seconds, with Leclerc .571 second behind. Red Bull drivers Sergio Perez and defending series champion Max Verstappen were third and fourth-fastest ahead of a second practice session later Friday. There will be another practice session on Saturday ahead of late afternoon qualifying for Sunday's race. Lewis Hamilton was seventh-fastest in his Mercedes and local hope Daniel Ricciardo was eighth in his McLaren.
is while Charles Leclerc seems to spare in the World Cup, his teammate Carlos Sainz must see that he did not miss the connection to his Ferrari teammates. After his failure in Melbourne , the Spaniard has already 38 points behind the overall standings and threatens to get the role of number 2 early early. © Motorsport.com Motorsport Photo
SAINZ was actually gone with much self-confidence in the season after he could defeat Leclerc 2021 after points, which many had not added to him. Of course, with the strong Ferrari F1-75, he wanted to drive around the World Cup this year, but despite two podium places in the first three races, the start of the season seems to be mispronched for him.
F1 Australian GP: Leclerc beats Verstappen to top FP2
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc beat Max Verstappen to the top spot for Formula 1’s 2022 Australian Grand Prix – with the latter opting to complete extra qualifying simulations compared to his rival.In nearly 10°C cooler conditions compared to the first practice session at Albert Park on Friday – thanks to dark rain clouds building over Melbourne ahead of the one-hour afternoon running – Sainz led the way during the early running on the harder tyre compounds before his team-mate and then Verstappen edged ahead during their later fliers on the softs.
Leclerc came with the victories in Bahrain and Australia almost perfectly from the starting blocks, on the other hand, SAINZ experienced a true horror weekend in Melbourne . Whether it was his worst in Formula 1, he does not know, because he can not remember all 142 further starts.
at least it seemed very good to run very well at the beginning and satisfy Sainz with the car, "but it became one of the most disappointing weekends in Formula 1," he says. The starting point was the accident of Fernando Alonso in Q3. The red flag came for Sainz a few meters from the aim, so his time was no longer counted.
At the second attempt, there were problems with the starter, so that Sainz could only ride delayed from the box and had no optimal warm-up. The resulted in the starting place nine, which on Sunday a bad start and an overambitized maneuver in the second round follow, so that Sainz's weekend ended in the peb bed.
Leclerc takes pole position for F1 Australian Grand Prix
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc claimed his second pole position of the year with a blistering final lap in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday. Leclerc, who won the season-opening race in Bahrain in March, posted a time of 1 minute, 17.868 seconds to edge Red Bull driver and defending series champion Max Verstappen by .286 seconds. Red Bull driver Sergio Perez qualified in third position, while LandoThe 22-year-old Norris completed a lap of the Albert Park circuit in 1 minute, 19.117, with Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc .132 seconds behind in second position in a session interrupted by two red flags.
"The most important thing is that I have learned from it and that we also learn as a team," he says. "We have to be more perfect, stronger and more robust in all aspects. And we have to keep in mind that everything can happen in the 20 remaining races."
Sainz soon officially number 2?
However, Sainz is also under great pressure after the first three weekends. Although team boss Mattia bombotto emphasizes that the season is still long and that the two drivers can fight free against each other. The question is: how long are you allowed?
Because Ferrari was known in the past to focus on a driver in the World Cup fight, which the other has subordinate. "Now we have wins races three and Charles, wins, wins, and sometime already comes the decision," says ex-pilot Ralf Schumacher at 'Sky'. "Ferrari is very uncompromising, as we know from the past."
He believes that Sainz just fear this scenario. Therefore, he is not surprised by the sharp comments of the Spaniard in the direction of its own team after qualifying. "Mattia knows how angry I am," Sainz had said on Saturday. "We should not have such problems with the starter."
F1 Australian GP qualifying results: Leclerc beats Verstappen to pole
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took pole position for Formula 1's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, beating Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez after delays caused by two red flags.The one-hour qualifying session, which is split into three segments with five cars each being knocked out in Q1 and Q2 before the top-10 shootout of Q3, was twice red-flagged and meant the decisive final laps took place amid a low sun that proved distracting for the drivers.
"Charles goes very well"
But the Ferrari pilot can also admit that his teammate is currently simply faster. 0: 3 It is from its point of view both in qualifying and in the irregularity to overview . "Charles goes well and has understood the car very well as he says. And he puts great things," praises Sainz.
Therefore, he wanted to look at the weekend in Melbourne as a good test to see if he can go along the pace and that he had made progress. "I already had the feeling, but unfortunately the weekend ran as it ran."
With the out of Melbourne, two series of Ferrari pilot have also ended: Sainz had the longest point surge of all drivers with 17 races and also with 31 races the longest strand without failure.
"At some point it had to go to an end," he says. "At some point it would have given a race where things were not running for me and at some point there would have been a race in which I make a mistake." And both was the case in Australia.
"But as I said, is the most important thing we learn from it and try to be more perfect and look at every detail. Because with our car this year we lose a lot of points every time we do not come to the finish" , he says. "The weekend is a good example of it."
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