Charles Leclerc was the fastest in the second F1 free practice session in Abu Dhabi, where his teammate Carlos Sainz suffered a serious accident. The Spaniard was uninjured, and the extent of damage to the car does not include the engine or gearbox, so he appears to have avoided losing his starting places due to changes.
Sainz's accident occurred after just eight minutes, which the Ferrari driver said was caused by a bump in the track along with dirty air from behind the other car he was following. Due to the accident, practice was interrupted by a red flag, as they had to repair the guardrail at the crash site, and it took half of practice before the racers could return to the track again. But almost immediately, practice was interrupted again, this time due to the spin of Nico Hulkenberg, who ran over the guardrail at the exit of the first corner with his Haas.
Lando Norris set the second practice time ahead of Max Verstappen, with Valtteri Bottas fourth and Sergio Perez fifth. George Russell, the fastest driver in the first practice, was sixth, ahead of Guanyu Zhou, team-mate Lewis Hamilton, Pierre Gasly and Oscar Piastri.
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