Deletraz sets fastest lap on final Abu Dhabi test day

Deletraz sets fastest lap on final Abu Dhabi test day

Formula 2

Deletraz sets fastest lap on final Abu Dhabi test day

Louis Delétraz wrapped up his 2018 F2 season in style as the Swiss set the quickest lap time of the three days of post-season testing in today’s evening session at the Yas Marina Circuit. He clocked in a time of 1m49.638s with a Carlin car. Luca Ghiotto and Nicholas Latifi completed the top three.

The final day of post-season testing in Abu Dhabi saw Carlin’s Nobuharu Matsushita set the early pace after all the drivers fed onto the track, eager to start their long run programs for the next two and a half hours.

At the thirty-minute mark, reigning GP3 Champion Anthoine Hubert improved on the Japanese’s best to move to the top of the timesheet with a laptime of a 1m51.323s. Fifteen minutes later, Nicholas Latifi also found some pace to improve on the Frenchman’s time by two hundredths.

Nothing changed at the top of the timesheet until the checkered flag while Juan Manuel Correa moved up to P3 ahead of Sergio Sette Camara, newcomer Richard Verschoor, returnee Tatiana Caldéron, Jack Aitken, Leonardo Pulcini, Matsushita and Delétraz.

Verschoor set the early pace in the evening session until Delétraz improved on the Dutchman’s laptime. Forty-five minutes in, Ghiotto broke the 1m50s barrier on new tires to go top in a 1m49.904s, but fifteen minutes later, Delétraz put his head down and lapped the track three tenths quicker. That was enough to keep the top honours until the chequered flag.

Behind the two men, Latifi, Guanyu Zhou, Sette Câmara, Giuliano Alesi, Matsushita, Nikita Mazepin, Verschoor and Mick Schumacher rounded the top 10.

Morning session classification

DRIVER TEAM TIME LAPS
1 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:51.312 35
2 Anthoine Hubert MP Motorsport 1:51.323 29
3 Juan Manuel Correa Charouz Racing System 1:51.359 31
4 Sergio Sette Câmara DAMS 1:51.379 28
5 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1:51.564 26
6 Tatiana Caldéron Charouz Racing System 1:51.583 29
7 Jack Aitken Campos Vexatec Racing 1:51.594 32
8 Leonardo Pulcini Trident 1:51.857 32
9 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 1:52.051 40
10 Louis Delétraz Carlin 1:52.402 25
11 Ralph Boschung BWT Arden 1:52.520 29
12 Ryan Tveter BWT Arden 1:52.731 22
13 Marino Sato Campos Vexatec Racing 1:53.315 21
14 Guanyu Zhou RUSSIAN TIME 1:55.636 52
15 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:55.931 31
16 Sean Gelael PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:56.114 43
17 Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1:56.145 32
18 Nyck De Vries ART Grand Prix 1:56.292 40
19 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1:56.312 41
20 Mick Schumacher PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:56.595 41

Evening session classification

DRIVER TEAM TIME LAPS
1 Louis Delétraz Carlin 1:49.638 29
2 Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1:49.904 25
3 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:49.976 38
4 Guanyu Zhou RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.036 33
5 Sergio Sette Câmara DAMS 1:50.092 40
6 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:50.136 34
7 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 1:50.139 21
8 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1:50.480 29
9 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1:50.501 28
10 Mick Schumacher PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:50.522 27
11 Jack Aitken Campos Vexatec Racing 1:50.663 31
12 Leonardo Pulcini Trident 1:50.718 24
13 Nyck De Vries ART Grand Prix 1:50.729 33
14 Anthoine Hubert MP Motorsport 1:50.790 38
15 Sean Gelael PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:50.841 28
16 Marino Sato Campos Vexatec Racing 1:51.202 34
17 Ryan Tveter BWT Arden 1:51.309 32
18 Ralph Boschung BWT Arden 1:51.750 26
19 Juan-Manuel Correa Charouz Racing System 1:54.232 55
20 Tatiana Caldéron Charouz Racing System 1:54.924 40

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