Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin, Jeddah Corniche Circuit, 2024

Alonso leads second practice, Hamilton under investigation

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Fernando Alonso was fastest of all in the second practice session for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Following a 10-minute delay to the start of the session – reported to be due to a loose drain cover – a full hour of running took place uninterrupted, with Alonso going quickest with a 1’28.827 on the soft tyres.

George Russell was almost a quarter of a second slower than the Aston Martin driver in seconds, with Max Verstappen third, another tenth of a second behind.

Charles Leclerc was fourth fastest for Ferrari, with Sergio Perez fifth and Lance Stroll sixth in the second Aston Martin. Carlos Sainz Jnr was seventh ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Pierre Gasly and Oscar Piastri rounding out the top ten.

Hamilton will be investigated by the stewards following a potentially dangerous incident at turn 11. The Mercedes had backed off through the fast sequence of sweepers in the opening sector to allow Carlos Sainz Jnr through, but the Ferrari also slowed. Williams driver Logan Sargeant arrived behind the pair and had to run off-track to avoid hitting Hamilton, kicking up sparks as he hit a kerb at speed.

“What Hamilton did there is super-dangerous,” Sainz told his team over the radio. “He was in the middle, he could have got out of the way. Sargeant nearly crashed because of him.”

Lance Stroll was shown the black-and-white warning flag, as Pierre Gasly was in the earlier session, for failing to follow race director Niels Wittich’s orders to not touch the painted areas along the pit straight between the pit lane and the race track.

Valtteri Bottas was the only driver to suffer a significant off when he spun at turn one without hitting anything. Each driver covered between 22 and 29 laps, with Gasly and Daniel Ricciardo getting the most laps in and Hamilton the fewest after complaining of a loss of power in his car late in the session.

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2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix second practice result

P. # Driver Team Model Time Gap Laps
1 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR24 1’28.827 28
2 63 George Russell Mercedes W15 1’29.057 0.230 24
3 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda RBPT RB20 1’29.158 0.331 27
4 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF-24 1’29.180 0.353 25
5 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull-Honda RBPT RB20 1’29.300 0.473 27
6 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR24 1’29.336 0.509 27
7 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari SF-24 1’29.455 0.628 26
8 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W15 1’29.504 0.677 22
9 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine-Renault A524 1’29.528 0.701 29
10 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren-Mercedes MCL38 1’29.594 0.767 27
11 22 Yuki Tsunoda RB-Honda RBPT 01 1’29.666 0.839 28
12 4 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes MCL38 1’29.758 0.931 23
13 24 Zhou Guanyu Sauber-Ferrari C44 1’29.777 0.950 27
14 23 Alexander Albon Williams-Mercedes FW46 1’29.789 0.962 28
15 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault A524 1’29.901 1.074 27
16 2 Logan Sargeant Williams-Mercedes FW46 1’29.934 1.107 27
17 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari VF-24 1’29.985 1.158 24
18 27 Nico Hulkenberg Haas-Ferrari VF-24 1’30.077 1.250 26
19 3 Daniel Ricciardo RB-Honda RBPT 01 1’30.088 1.261 29
20 77 Valtteri Bottas Sauber-Ferrari C44 1’30.153 1.326 27

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9 comments on “Alonso leads second practice, Hamilton under investigation”

  1. Very close times, will be interesting on qualifying Friday!

    1. It’s too early to expect a competitive session, fp1 and fp2 times are meaningless, fp3 can give some guidance, but even then a lot of sandbagging in there, I wouldn’t even trust q1 ans q2 times for top teams.

      1. FP2 is the only one worth paying attention to and can be indicative of pace since that’s when teams are do qualifying simulations.

    2. So?
      What Sainz said is false?
      Do not mix things. Carlos said that Hamilton did a dangerous move and It is true, he did.

      1. Bobby Johnson
        8th March 2024, 16:38

        If Lewis was moving out of Sainzs line, how was he supposed to see Sargent?

  2. It’s understandable that Sainz was upset with Hamilton, Lewis is taking his job next year.

    1. Or, The Perils of Dotage

      1. Sainz is not that old.

        1. Exactly

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