Trident driver sets fastest lap morning session as teammate Ferrucci tops afternoon

 

Trident’s Arjun Maini ended the second day of the FIA Formula 2 Championship test in Sakhir, Bahrain having set a quickest lap of 1:42.779 in the morning session, ending the day faster than ART Grand Prix’s Jack Aitken and Nyck de Vries of PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing.

 

The competitors were once again greeted with perfect conditions, scrambling to get on track as soon as the green flag was waved. Maini and Trident teammate Santino Ferrucci were first to reach the circuit, followed in hot pursuit by Charouz Racing System’s Louis Delétraz.

 

Luca Ghiotto (Campos Vexatec Racing) set the early pace, before trading best times with Delétraz in the opening stages of the session. Intruding on their fight for dominance, George Russell of ART soon displaced the pair from the top before the Swiss driver took six tenths out of his rival to raise the bar further.

 

Maini then became the first driver to dip below the 1m43s marker, shading Delétraz by almost half a second to end the first hour on top. Artem Markelov (RUSSIAN TIME) brought out a red flag for a spin at Turn 8 shortly after, but the ensuing burst of running after the session restarted was not enough to end the Indian driver’s stranglehold on the timing screens.

 

Alexander Albon (DAMS) brought out a second red flag having stopped at the entry to the pitlane, before Aitken provided Maini’s sternest opposition yet having closed to within three tenths of the fastest lap. The final fifteen minutes brought out a final dash of activity, but Maini’s time proved to be unbeatable at the close of the session, with Aitken beating de Vries to second.

 

Ghiotto ended the session fourth best ahead of Delétraz, with Russell and compatriot Lando Norris (Carlin) sixth and seventh. Maximilian Günther (BWT Arden) beat Tadasuke Makino (RUSSIAN TIME) to ninth, with both edging ahead of Arden’s Nirei Fukuzumi.

 

Race simulations took priority in the afternoon’s action as the temperatures rose, and Charouz took the initiative to send Antonio Fuoco and Delétraz out first. Ralph Boschung (MP Motorsport) set the early pace on his opening run, finding a time in the 1m47s which he then bested by over a second on his next set of laps.

 

The Swiss led the standings throughout the majority of the session, before Ferrucci pipped the MP driver by a tenth of a second in the final 15 minutes to take control of the timesheets. He duly whittled his time down to a 1:45.522, which proved to be unbeatable throughout the remainder of the session.

 

Boschung held onto second – half a second quicker than Maini’s afternoon best – while Delétraz took fourth ahead of Norris. Roberto Merhi (MP Motorsport) was sixth fastest, beating Aitken and Fuoco, while Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin) was ninth ahead of Fukuzumi. Aitken achieved the largest lap count of anyone across the day, circulating 86 times in total.

 

Tomorrow’s final session will once more open from 9am until 12pm, with a two-hour interval before the running returns at 2pm. The test will conclude at 5pm.

 

FIA Formula 2 Bahrain Test – Day 2 Morning Session

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1 Arjun Maini Trident 1:42.779 34
2 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:43.003 34
3 Nyck de Vries PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:43.080 40
4 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 1:43.111 24
5 Louis Delétraz Charouz Racing System 1:43.145 17
6 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:43.161 40
7 Lando Norris Carlin 1:43.212 31
8 Maximilian Günther BWT Arden 1:43.315 22
9 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1:43.415 20
10 Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1:43.467 27
11 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1:43.498 33
12 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:43.520 29
13 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1:43.610 17
14 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1:43.612 29
15 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:43.641 28
16 Sean Gelael PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:43.686 37
17 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1:43.785 22
18 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 1:43.971 26
19 Alexander Albon DAMS 1:44.001 21
20 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1:44.164 14

 

FIA Formula 2 Bahrain Test – Day 2 Afternoon Session

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1:45.522 41
2 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1:45.664 17
3 Arjun Maini Trident 1:46.162 39
4 Louis Delétraz Charouz Racing System 1:46.737 39
5 Lando Norris Carlin 1:47.431 33
6 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1:47.719 25
7 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:48.354 52
8 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1:48.855 38
9 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1:48.862 25
10 Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1:48.867 33
11 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 1:48.944 38
12 Sean Gelael PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:49.512 40
13 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 1:49.688 37
14 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:49.796 40
15 Alexander Albon DAMS 1:49.995 26
16 Nyck de Vries PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:50.814 38
17 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.897 35
18 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.217 34
19 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:51.243 44
20 Maximilian Günther BWT Arden