LeClerc the fastest in Free Practice 2, while testing the 2023 tires

The second Free Practice session of the 2022 US GP ended with Charles LeClerc’s Ferrari in front of everyone. Great attention on Pirelli 2023.

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Charles LeClerc engaged in Free Practice 2 – Motori.news

IS Charles LeClerc to set the best time in the second free practice session of the Formula One United States Grand Prix which takes place at the Austin circuit. A somewhat anomalous session given that it was extended by half an hour to allow the teams to test Pirelli prototype tires for 2023.

The ranking therefore reflects this anomalous situation, with LeClerc leading the five riders who were unable to lap in FP1 in the first half hour to make room for the youngsters as per regulation. In addition to the Monegasque, Nicholas Latifi, Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas raced with the weekend tires in the first part of the session.

The pilot of the Ferrari he stopped the time in 1’36 ″ 810, improving what his teammate did Carlos Sainz in the first session with 1’36 ″ 857. Time was set on new medium tires. Bottas And Ricciardo they finished in second and third position respectively in 1’37 “525 and 1’37” 627.

F1, US GP 2022: the results of free practice

After the first half hour, they all took to the track with the Pirelli tires prototype of 2023. With the new tire trains it was Carlos Sainzon the other Ferrari, to set the best time with 1’38 “232, followed by Mick Schumacher in 1’36” 507 and Lando Norris with 1’39 “547.

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An image from the Free Practice – Motori.news

Behind the English driver, the world champion Max Verstappen in 1’39 ″ 575 and the multi-world champion Lewis Hamilton in 1’39 ″ 698. The latter said he was very satisfied with the latest Mercedes updates of the season. These are the results of the session:

  1. Charles LeClerc – Ferrari – 1’36 ″ 810
  2. Valtteri Bottas – Alfa Romeo – 1’37 ″ 525
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – McLaren – 1’37 ″ 627
  4. Carlos Sainz Jr. – Ferrari – 1’38 ″ 232
  5. Mick Schumacher – Haas – 1’39 ″ 507
  6. Lando Norris – McLaren – 1’39 ″ 547
  7. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1’39 ″ 575
  8. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1’39 ″ 698
  9. Pierre Gasly – AlphaTauri – 1’39 ″ 840
  10. Sergio Perez – Red Bull – 1’39 ″ 852
  11. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1’40 ″ 084
  12. Yuki Tsunoda – AlphaTauri – 1’40 ″ 178
  13. George Russell – Mercedes – 1’40 ″ 562
  14. Guan Yu Zhou – Alfa Romeo – 1’40 ″ 664
  15. Lance Stroll – Aston Martin – 1’40 ″ 806
  16. Esteban Ocon – Alpine – 1’41 ″ 310
  17. Fernando Alonso – Alpine – 1’41 ″ 334
  18. Alexander Albon – Williams – 1’41 ″ 853
  19. Sebastian Vettel – Aston Martin – 1’41 ″ 857
  20. Nicholas Latifi – Williams – 1’42 ″ 317

The weekend program will resume tonight at 9 pm with the third Free Practice session in which the teams will likely attempt long runs ahead of the race.

The Qualifications will be at 24 hours, in the midnight between today and tomorrow. Recall that Charles LeClerc will mount the sixth engine of the season which will result in yet another penalty on the grid.

The new engine will include specs ahead of the 2023 championship, especially in terms of reliability. A necessary test to try to be even more competitive next year.

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