Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Imola, 2024

Leclerc quickest as stewards investigate Perez for impeding him

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Charles Leclerc kept Ferrari on top of the times in the second Friday practice session.

He was almost two tenths quicker than Oscar Piastri’s McLaren, while championship leader Max Verstappen continued to struggled and finished the session down in seventh place.

Leclerc has also been summoned to the stewards after the session following an incident with Sergio Perez at the Villeneuve and Tosa corners. Perez got in the Ferrari driver’s way and Leclerc made a forceful pass on the Red Bull in retaliation. The stewards confirmed Perez is under investigation for impeding the Ferrari driver.

The second practice session of the day took place in near-identical conditions to the first, with bright sunshine and warm temperatures of 24C.

After many drivers struggled for grip in the opening practice hour, Pierre Gasly proved early what a challenge the circuit still was by spinning lightly at the Variante Alta chicane. Fernando Alonso expressed his frustration with Lewis Hamilton who twice got in his way in the space of two push lap attempts.

After Alexander Albon suffered a sudden shut-down on his Williams in the first practice session, he and team mate Logan Sargeant began the second session out of their cars as the team conducted heavy maintenance on both FW46s. However, Williams stated that there were no concerns with either of their cars and both Albon and Sargeant took to the track before the half-hour mark.

As he did in the opening session, Leclerc went quickest of all on the soft tyres early on with a 1’15.969, almost half a second quicker than team mate Carlos Sainz Jnr. Verstappen complained of his tyres overheating during his push lap on fresh softs, then like Alonso found the slow Mercedes of Hamilton i his way at the Villeneuve chicane on his next attempt.

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In the final 20 minutes of the session, focus turned to high fuel runs on the medium or hard compounds. Leclerc caught up to Perez’s Red Bull during his run and felt that he was being held up by him. As they entered the left hander of Tosa, Leclerc lunged to the inside and passed Perez cleanly, but forced the Red Bull to miss the apex. The stewards announced they would investigate both after the race over possible impeding.

At the chequered flag, Leclerc was secured at the top of the times for the second successive session. Piastri was second for McLaren with Yuki Tsunoda third for RB ahead of the two Mercedes of Hamilton and George Russell. Sainz was sixth in the second Ferrari, ahead of the two Red Bull drivers, Verstappen and Perez. Nico Hulkenberg and Alonso rounded out the top ten positions.

Tsunoda will also be investigated after practice for allegedly failing to follow the race directors’ instructions in regards to practice starts at the end of the pit lane.

2024 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix second practice result

P. # Driver Team Model Time Gap
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF-24 1’15.906
2 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren-Mercedes MCL38 1’16.098 0.192
3 22 Yuki Tsunoda RB-Honda RBPT 01 1’16.286 0.380
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W15 1’16.297 0.391
5 63 George Russell Mercedes W15 1’16.311 0.405
6 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari SF-24 1’16.423 0.517
7 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda RBPT RB20 1’16.447 0.541
8 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull-Honda RBPT RB20 1’16.552 0.646
9 27 Nico Hulkenberg Haas-Ferrari VF-24 1’16.826 0.920
10 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR24 1’16.838 0.932
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo RB-Honda RBPT 01 1’16.967 1.061
12 4 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes MCL38 1’16.980 1.074
13 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR24 1’16.991 1.085
14 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault A524 1’17.008 1.102
15 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine-Renault A524 1’17.064 1.158
16 77 Valtteri Bottas Sauber-Ferrari C44 1’17.088 1.182
17 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari VF-24 1’17.129 1.223
18 23 Alexander Albon Williams-Mercedes FW46 1’17.135 1.229
19 24 Zhou Guanyu Sauber-Ferrari C44 1’17.606 1.700
20 2 Logan Sargeant Williams-Mercedes FW46 1’17.848 1.942

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8 comments on “Leclerc quickest as stewards investigate Perez for impeding him”

  1. Was anyone paying enough attention to see what time Norris would have clocked on his abandoned hot lap with the 2 purple sectors? Or whether they were faster than Piastri?

    So far so good, but it’s only Friday and Red Bull are overnight setup wizards.

    1. I am warming to this year’s sprint format for exactly that reason — it’s possible that Red Bull will be back atop the timesheets tomorrow, but if we had had a sprint qualifying session this afternoon, we would at least see them out of position in a sprint tomorrow. So in that sense, the new format allows for the form book to shift over the weekend. It forces teams to expose their true pace on every day, but they still have the opportunity to carry what they’ve learnt into the grand prix portion of the weekend, more or less as they normally would have done.

    2. Yeah, that lap was quite a bit faster than what Piastri did, if I’m not mistaken.

    3. With his best sectors combined he’d been 0.087 down on Leclerc. But his best final sector was from an earlier run of course and still on medium tires.

  2. Could we please get the amount of laps run and which compounds? The time sheets are kinda useless as is and I’d hate to start going elsewhere for my news. Adding which session into the title would really help us navigate, too.

    1. @hendy Apparently official live timing hasn’t been particularly reliable today. That ask might be easier to implement somewhere that it’s reliable.

    2. It’s always asked for but I don’t know why.

      You really need all the lap data to do any sort of practice analysis. Knowing what compound and how many laps doesn’t really tell much more than just the fastest lap times.

  3. Yuki absolutely slaying

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