Saudi Arabian GP: Charles Leclerc pips Max Verstappen in Practice Two but damages Ferrari in crash

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Charles Leclerc continues strong start to the 2022 Formula 1 season by setting fastest time in Practice Two ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, but both Ferrari drivers damage their cars by clipping the barriers in Saudi Arabia; watch qualifying live on Sky Sports from 4pm on Saturday

Last Updated: 25/03/22 6:57pm


Charles Leclerc had to head back to the pits in his Ferrari after hitting the wall during practice two at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

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Charles Leclerc had to head back to the pits in his Ferrari after hitting the wall during practice two at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Charles Leclerc had to head back to the pits in his Ferrari after hitting the wall during practice two at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Charles Leclerc pipped Max Verstappen to the fastest time in second practice ahead of the Saudi Arabian GP, but may have lost crucial time after damaging his Ferrari by clipping the barriers at the Jeddah street circuit.

The session began amid uncertainty as a 15-minute delay was implemented after drivers and team principals were briefed about a fire at a nearby Jeddah oil depot, which Yemen’s Houthi rebels have claimed was caused by their attack.

However, events on the track began more predictably as Leclerc and world champion Verstappen resumed the contest that dominated last weekend’s season-opening Grand Prix in Bahrain, while Mercedes remained adrift of their rivals.

F1 Saudi Arabian GP to go ahead

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F1 Saudi Arabian GP to go ahead

F1 Saudi Arabian GP to go ahead

Leclerc, who ultimately led home a Ferrari 1-2 from Carlos Sainz in Bahrain after both Verstappen and his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez retired late in the race, edged out Verstappen – as he had done in P1 earlier on Friday – with a 1:30.074, but it may well be the Dutchman who ended the session happier.

Verstappen’s best time, which was 0.1s slower than Leclerc’s, was set on a harder – and theoretically slower – tyre than his rival, while both Ferraris then lost significant track time as they made contact with barriers moments apart from each other.

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