Thai fastest, but De Vries tops afternoon session
Alexander Albon stepped up a spot overnight to take the day two honours with the fastest time in this morning’s FIA Formula 2 Championship test session in Barcelona, grabbing the top spot from Johnny Cecotto and Artem Markelov by 0.175s, while Nyck De Vries stole the top spot this afternoon in a session largely dedicated to race simulations, ahead of PREMA pairing Antonio Fuoco and Charles Leclerc.
The Thai driver topped this morning’s session with a time of 1:28.225 under sunny conditions, claiming the top spot in the final hour of a session which was stopped twice by red flags: first to allow the circuit operators to inspect a section of the track which has had heavy recent use by the Formula 1 teams, and secondly as a result of Gustav Malja stopping on track.
The session saw a lot of competition between the teams for the top spot, initially from Oliver Rowland and Norman Nato before Albon annexed P1, and although Cecotto got to within a hundredth of his time, the rest of the field was unable to close down the Thai driver’s time.
The afternoon’s session, by contrast, was largely about race simulations, and with no on-track incidents the teams were largely satisfied with their progress. Jordan King led Sean Gelael and Ralph Boschung for the first half of the session, with Sergio Canamasas popping up to P2 with an hour remaining, but in the final half hour a number of the drivers turned their attention to lap times once again.
Fuoco was the first driver to blast through the race lap times, with teammate Leclerc soon following suit in P2, but De Vries soon emerged, taking two consecutive fastest laps to annex the top spot with a lap time of 1:29.223, grabbing P1 by 0.378s as the session wound down ahead of the PREMA pair.
Tomorrow is the final day of this test: the circuit will open once more at 9:00 CET.
Day 1 Morning results *
|1.||Alexander Albon||ART Grand Prix||1:28.225||35|
|3.||Artem Markelov||RUSSIAN TIME||1:28.410||42|
|5.||Norman Nato||Pertamina Arden||1:28.445||26|
|6.||Luca Ghiotto||RUSSIAN TIME||1:28.541||27|
|8.||Antonio Fuoco||PREMA Racing||1:28.655||24|
|9.||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||1:28.722||24|
|10.||Charles Leclerc||PREMA Racing||1:28.805||29|
|11.||Louis Deletraz||Racing Engineering||1:28.887||33|
|12.||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||1:29.040||35|
|13.||Sergio Sette Camara||MP Motorsport||1:29.184||32|
|14.||Ralph Boschung||Campos Racing||1:29.248||33|
|16.||Nyck De Vries||Rapax0.378s||1:29.429||25|
|17.||Sean Gelael||Pertamina Arden||1:29.906||14|
|18.||Roberto Merhi||Campos Racing||1:30.085||34|
|20.||Gustav Malja||Racing Engineering||–||32|
*Car no.4 (Malja) all lap times deleted: car found underweight
Day 1 Afternoon results
|1.||Nyck De Vries||Rapax||1:29.223||28|
|2.||Antonio Fuoco||PREMA Racing||1:29.601||50|
|3.||Charles Leclerc||PREMA Racing||1:29.602||33|
|5.||Roberto Merhi||Campos Racing||1:30.053||31|
|6.||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||1:30.127||41|
|9.||Sean Gelael||Pertamina Arden||1:30.680||37|
|10.||Ralph Boschung||Campos Racing||1:30.885||31|
|11.||Gustav Malja||Racing Engineering||1:32.932||44|
|12.||Luca Ghiotto||RUSSIAN TIME||1:33.557||30|
|15.||Louis Deletraz||Racing Engineering||1:33.864||42|
|16.||Artem Markelov||RUSSIAN TIME||1:33.867||38|
|17.||Alexander Albon||ART Grand Prix||1:33.991||54|
|18.||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||1:34.073||50|
|19.||Norman Nato||Pertamina Arden||1:34.466||38|
|20.||Sergio Sette Camara||MP Motorsport||1:34.887||38|