Nyck De Vries leads the way in Spa-Francorchamps Free Practice

//Nyck De Vries leads the way in Spa-Francorchamps Free Practice

Nyck De Vries leads the way in Spa-Francorchamps Free Practice

Dutch driver sets quickest time in opening session at Belgium
Nyck de Vries rocketed to the top of the Free Practice standings in the FIA Formula 2 Championship round at Belgium, firing in a 1:58.125 to secure the fastest lap time of the session. The PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing driver beat Carlin’s Sergio Sette Camara by just one hundredth of a second, as championship leader George Russell secured third for ART Grand Prix.
The session commenced under overcast conditions, and ART’s Jack Aitken was first to hit the road – followed by Maximilian Günther (BWT Arden) and Lando Norris (Carlin), the latter of whom had just completed a Free Practice session for the McLaren F1 Team. Aitken posted the first timed lap and, while Sette Camara quickly delved five seconds below the benchmark time, the Brit immediately became the first to venture into the sub-2 minute laptimes.
Norris then beat his compatriot by almost half a second, before his teammate Sette Camara blasted his way to the top of the timing boards with a 1:58.135 – with Russell improving to split the Carlin duo. It was then the turn of de Vries to occupy top spot, and shaved 0.01s off of Sette Camara’s then-headline time to conclude the opening ten minutes of the session.
At the end of the first quarter of an hour, the majority of the field spilled into the pits to brace themselves for a set of race pace simulations. As a result, very little change in the order was seen throughout the session, save for a few improvements lower down the timing boards. Attempting to better his time in the dying moments of the session, de Vries beat his personal best first sector before an errant moment on the exit of turn 11 put paid to any further improvement.
Nevertheless, de Vries remained in control of the session, giving the travelling Dutch fans plenty to smile about as Sette Camara and Russell beat Norris to top-three placings. Ralph Boschung (MP Motorsport) secured fifth spot ahead of Campos Vexatec Racing’s Luca Ghiotto, as Antonio Fuoco (Charouz Racing System) occupied seventh. Alexander Albon (DAMS), Günther and Aitken completed the top 10.
2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship Round 9 – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – Free Practice Classification
DRIVER
TEAM
TIME
LAPS
1
Nyck de Vries
PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing
1:58.125
13
2
Sergio Sette Camara
Carlin
1:58.135
16
3
George Russell
ART Grand Prix
1:58.600
17
4
Lando Norris
Carlin
1:58.779
16
5
Ralph Boschung
MP Motorsport
1:58.794
15
6
Luca Ghiotto
Campos Vexatec Racing
1:58.840
17
7
Antonio Fuoco
Charouz Racing System
1:58.873
16
8
Alexander Albon
DAMS
1:59.104
15
9
Maximilian Günther
BWT Arden
1:59.147
16
10
Jack Aitken
ART Grand Prix
1:59.186
17
11
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:59.241
15
12
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:59.339
16
13
Louis Delétraz
Charouz Racing System
1:59.448
16
14
Sean Gelael
PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing
1:59.458
15
15
Dorian Boccolacci
MP Motorsport
1:59.490
15
16
Arjun Maini
Trident
1:59.643
16
17
Nirei Fukuzumi
BWT Arden
1:59.757
15
18
Tadasuke Makino
RUSSIAN TIME
2:00.360
13
19
Alessio Lorandi
Trident
2:00.793
17
20
Roy Nissany
Campos Vexatec Racing
2:00.816
15
2018-08-24T13:50:01+00:00August 24th, 2018|Formula 2|