Leclerc flies in FP2 of Las Vegas GP; Checo Perez finished fourth

Jose Antonio CortesNovember 17, 2023, 07:16 ETReading: 4 min.

Formula 1 emerged from the hole in Las Vegas and Charles Leclerc dominated.

Round 22 of the World Cup got off to a rocky start as a ditch destroyed the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz. After a six-hour stoppage, the action returned and Monaco were fast.

Charles Leclerc dominated Free Practice 2 of the United States Grand Prix in Las Vegas after a sewer incident that canceled P1, while Sego Perez kept his Red Bull No.11 fourth.

LAS VEGAS — Ferrari Driver Charles Leclerc dominated Free Training 2 of United States Grand Prix in Las VegasMexican at the same time Sergio Perez He put his Red Bull No. 11 on it Fourth stage.

The Monaco 6.110 clocked 1:35.265s on the street circuit, followed by his best lap by his team-mate Carlos Sainz, who was more than half a second behind.

Checo Perez on the Las Vegas street circuitGood pictures

Third was Fernando Alonso, .528 behind Leclerc, while Checo Perez was the best Red Bull, .820 behind Leclerc. Max Verstappen could only finish sixth behind the Ferrari.

In FP1 then a incident Formula 1 was finally able to get proper action at the Las Vegas Grand Prix after Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari was destroyed by a loose drain or water valve manhole between turns 13 and 14. Wait for an hour and a half.

The incident, which also damaged Esteban Ocon’s Alpine car when the Ferrari came across the lifted material, tested all the drains and manholes on the 6,110m circuit.

The theory is that the suction caused by the ‘ground effect’ technology that F1 cars have as aerodynamic regulations would have caused Sainz’s Ferrari to explode the record as it passed.

Due to the severity of the problem, it was hoped that the activities, which started at 10pm on Thursday and ended at 4:00am on Friday, would not resume.

Since the system decided to send them home at 1:30 a.m. without a fan already on the track, perhaps leaving them in the facilities will delay the reopening of Las Vegas roads agreed to with the city. 4:00 am.

Lando Norris clocked a giant stopwatch in “The Sphere” at exactly 2:30 a.m.

Checo Perez’s car, like Kevin Magnussen’s, followed on the straight at turn 12 and made a long escape where they returned unscathed.

After the first 8 minutes, the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc set the best time with the Red Bulls of Verstappen and Perez.

An unsportsmanlike note to the session was that race stewards rejected Ferrari’s request not to penalize Carlos Sainz for replacing him after damage on the track.

All but one team would have voted in favour, one against, and it is speculated that it could be the same team battling Ferrari for second place in the constructors’ championship, read Mercedes.

Half an hour into the session, Turn 12 turned out to be the outing of the night as Fernando Alonso, Max Verstappen, Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly and Hulkenberg joined the first absentees.

As the track improved and evolved with more rubber and less dust, the Ferraris continued to stay at the top and challenge Fernando Alonso and the Red Bulls.

In the end, the Ferrari’s power won out and not a single water valve cover came off.

Practice 3 will take place on Friday at 8:30pm and qualifying on Saturday at 12:00pm.

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