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Charles Leclerc also had his hands full outside of training. © ANSA / JOEL CARRETT

Leclerc is fastest in training in Australia

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc secured the fastest time ahead of world champion Max Verstappen in the second training session for the Formula 1 race in Australia.

The Monegasse was 1 seconds faster than the winner of the first two Grands Prix of the year in 17,277:0,381 minutes at Melbourne's Albert Park Circuit on Friday. Just two weeks after his appendix operation, Carlos Sainz came third in the second Ferrari and thus proved himself in the endurance test for racing. Most recently in Saudi Arabia, he was replaced by the first 18-year-old Brit Oliver Bearman, who would also step in if necessary this time.

Record world champion Lewis Hamilton had to settle for 1,557th position in the Mercedes, 18 seconds behind. “Something’s wrong,” the Englishman complained over the radio. Haas driver Nico Hülkenberg even ended up two places ahead in 16th place. The third Grand Prix of the year starts on Sunday at 5 a.m. CET time.


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