Ferrari shines in long-awaited Albert Park return
The two Scuderia drivers set the pace in the two one-hour sessions ahead of Saturday afternoon’s all-important qualifying.
However, the second session saw the F1-75 of Charles Leclerc experience extreme porpoising issues, which will need to be remedied ahead of Sunday’s 58-lap race.
In the second running, the Ferrari drivers traded first position with Leclerc setting a 1:18:978, before Verstappen edged closer to split the pair.
In his first grand prix weekend of the season after contracting COVID-19, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel failed to set a lap time in FP2 after his car lost power, coming to a smoking stop on the side of the track.
While his team swapped out his Mercedes-Benz engine for a new one in the break between sessions, there was not enough time to finalise the car for another attempt.
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After hovering inside the top six divers, Ricciardo finished in eighth and 10th, 1.225 seconds behind Leclerc in FP2.
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