Russell leads final day of F2 testing

Russell leads final day of F2 testing

Formula 2

Russell leads final day of F2 testing

George Russell set the quickest lap in the final day of FIA Formula 2 pre-season testing at Le Castellet, France, clocking in a time of 1m42.396s while DAMS’ Alexander Albon topped the timesheets during the afternoon session.

As teams sought to make the most of the remaining time available on the last day of testing, Arjun Maini was first on the scene at the start of the day. The Trident driver was followed onto the circuit by both ART drivers and teammate Santino Ferrucci, as the rest of the field filtered onto the track for an early flurry of activity.

Roy Nissany (Campos Vexatec Racing) brought out the first red flag after 20 minutes of running having stopped on the Mistral Straight. At this stage, Russell headed the standings with a medium tire benchmark in the 1m43s, and after the session restarted the British driver began to trade best times with teammate Aitken. Although the latter held the advantage after the first hour, Russell soon recouped his position at the top by the midway point of the session.

Two further red flags were shown during the second hour of the session; Antonio Fuoco stopped on the circuit for the first, while Russian Time’s Artem Markelov and Ralph Boschung (MP Motorsport) came to a halt within seconds of each other for the second.
Luca Ghiotto (Campos) led the field out as the session quickly restarted, as the drivers spent the rest of the morning getting stuck into their long-run programs.

Russell’s time remained ou of reach as the teams focused on race pace for the remainder, with Aitken finishing second just under two tenths shy of his teammate. Between them, the ART duo clocked in over 100 laps, with Aitken managing 56 of them.
Nyck De Vries (Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing) was third fastest ahead of Albon, as Louis Delétraz of Charouz Racing System completed the top five.

Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin) was sixth fastest ahead of teammate Lando Norris, as Maximilian Gunther and Nirei Fukuzumi of BWT Arden finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Replacing Oliver Rowland at DAMS for the third day of running, Daniel Ticktum rounded out the top 10.

The action returned in the afternoon after an hour’s break, with Norris taking to the track first ahead of Delétraz. A short stoppage for Gunther’s stricken car interrupted the first 15 minutes, but running continued swiftly with Nissany taking the initiative ahead of the two Charouz drivers.

Norris took the early advantage in the timing screens, before Gunther overcame his earlier misfortune by leapfrogging the British driver. Ghiotto and Sette Camara all briefly led during the first hour, but Gunther ended it on top ahead of the trio.

After the halfway point of the session had elapsed, Norris took top spot by just a smidgen over Günther, holding position for almost an hour of the session as the teams continued to prioritise race simulations in the final day. Maini then took top spot with under half an hour to go, finding two tenths over Norris, before a red flag ahead of the final 20 minutes for Sean Gelael (Prema) put the final stages of the session on pause.

Fuoco led the field out of the pits after the restart with 15 minutes to go, and Maini’s time was toppled by Albon; the Thai driver was the first to dip under the 1m43s laps among a late swarm of activity on-track, which remained the best time of the session.
Maini held on for second, ahead of Norris and Ticktum, while Gunther took fifth place. Russell concluded the afternoon’s running with a session high of 60 laps.

The next Formula 2 test will take place at Bahrain from March 21-23.

FIA Formula 2 Le Castellet Test – Day 3 Morning Session

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:42.396

47

2

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:42.588

56

3

Nyck De Vries

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:42.759

32

4

Alexander Albon

DAMS

1:42.925

49

5

Louis Deletraz

Charouz Racing System

1:43.239

43

6

Sergio Sette Camara

Carlin

1:43.269

25

7

Lando Norris

Carlin

1:43.287

29

8

Maximilian Gunther

BWT Arden

1:43.350

35

9

Nirei Fukuzumi

BWT Arden

1:43.501

28

10

Daniel Ticktum

DAMS

1:43.503

43

11

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:43.575

41

12

Sean Gelael

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:43.731

31

13

Luca Ghiotto

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:43.755

30

14

Arjun Maini

Trident

1:43.851

40

15

Antonio Fuoco

Charouz Racing System

1:43.899

25

16

Ralph Boschung

MP Motorsport

1:43.948

26

17

Roy Nissany

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:44.048

35

18

Tadasuke Makino

RUSSIAN TIME

1:44.164

46

19

Santino Ferrucci

Trident

1:44.239

48

20

Roberto Merhi

MP Motorsport

1:44.377

49

FIA Formula 2 Le Castellet Test – Day 3 Afternoon Session

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1

Alexander Albon

DAMS

1:42.923

35

2

Arjun Maini

Trident

1:43.061

36

3

Lando Norris

Carlin

1:43.276

39

4

Daniel Ticktum

DAMS

1:43.310

40

5

Maximilian Gunther

BWT Arden

1:43.330

49

6

Louis Deletraz

Charouz Racing System

1:43.428

50

7

Antonio Fuoco

Charouz Racing System

1:43.572

48

8

Sergio Sette Camara

Carlin

1:43.597

36

9

Luca Ghiotto

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:43.610

35

10

Tadasuke Makino

RUSSIAN TIME

1:43.961

30

11

Santino Ferrucci

Trident

1:43.985

13

12

Sean Gelael

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:43.998

46

13

Ralph Boschung

MP Motorsport

1:44.163

15

14

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:44.250

33

15

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:44.356

60

16

Nyck De Vries

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:44.742

48

17

Roy Nissany

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:44.782

46

18

Nirei Fukuzumi

BWT Arden

1:44.844

31

19

Roberto Merhi

MP Motorsport

1:44.909

31

20

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:45.282

26

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