Charles Leclerc (Pirelli photo)

Ferrari’s Leclerc Sets The Pace In Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia — Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc set the pace during Friday’s second practice session for the Australian Grand Prix.

Leclerc turned a best lap of one minute and 17.277 seconds, placing him on top of the board over Red Bull mounted Max Verstappen, who has won the first two races of the Formula 1 season.

Verstappen’s best lap was .381 seconds slower than the lap turned by Leclerc.

Leclerc’s teammate, Carlos Sainz was third on the practice board, while Aston Martin drivers Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso rounded out the top five.

McLaren’s Lando Norris led the first practice session, but was ninth quick in the second session.

Alex Albon sat out the second session after crashing his Williams during the first session. His American teammate, Logan Sargeant, spun during the second session and later handed his car over to Albon for the remainder of the weekend.