Daruvala fastest in F2 testing, Lawson and Armstrong keep improving

Jehan Daruvala went fastest in post-season testing for the second day in a row with Carlin, beating out PREMA Racing’s Robert Shwartzman by 0.167s. Daruvala’s Carlin teammate for the three-day stint, Dan Ticktum, was another familiar name at the front in Sakhir, finishing third overall.

MORNING

ART Grand Prix were the first out onto the track for fast laps on a warm and windy morning at Sakhir, with their new pairing of Christian Lundgaard and Théo Pourchaire topping the timesheets before switching the focus to longer runs.

Ralph Boschung has already been announced with Campos for 2021 and took the Spanish side to the top of the charts shortly after the hour mark, lapping at 1:42.244, 0.027s ahead of Tuesday’s fastest man, Jehan Daruvala.

Hitech’s all Red Bull junior team line-up impressed on Day 2, with Liam Lawson lapping less than a tenth off the quickest time for P3, three tenths ahead of Jüri Vips.

It was heads down for most of the grid, with a large focus on gathering data. Felipe Drugovich, Ticktum and Marino Sato all posted more than 40 laps, finishing sixth, eighth and tenth. UNI-Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou clocked in the most of the morning, lapping 53 times, but finished down in 20th.

Marcus Armstrong was just seven tenths off the quickest time with DAMS, taking P7, two places ahead of his teammate Roy Nissany in ninth.

AFTERNOON

Robert Shwartzman and Oscar Piastri returned from the break with a fresh set of Pirelli boots and wasted no time in leaping from the bottom of the timesheets to the top, setting the afternoon standard at 1:43.835.

Drugovich was looking more and more comfortable with UNI-Virtuosi, going five tenths quicker than the PREMA pair to steal P1 for a period, though the Brazilian would end the afternoon in sixth.

The quickest pairing on Day 1 then returned to the top of the order with 90 minutes to go in the second session, Daruvala once again leading Ticktum. Both of them faster than the morning’s quickest man, Boschung.

There were two stoppages with half an hour to go when Matteo Nannini halted at Turn 8 in the HWA machine, before Pourchaire span into the barriers at the same corner.

Shwartzman surged to P1 with 20 minutes to go, but couldn’t quite do enough to keep himself there, as a late lap from Daruvala stole the top spot by 0.167s. While, the Red Bull junior’s teammate, Ticktum, crept into third.

Liam Lawson finished as the fastest rookie with Hitech, four tenths off the pace in fourth, ahead of Marcus Armstrong at DAMS.

Louis Delétraz enjoyed a productive second day at MP Motorsport, going seventh fastest ahead of Charouz pairing David Beckmann and Guilherme Samaia. Another F3 graduate, Clement Novalak, completed the top ten with Trident.

Morning Session:

Class.DriverGap
1Ralph Boschung1m42.244s
2Jehan Daruvala+0.027s
3Liam Lawson+0.093s
4Juri Vips+0.306s
5Christian Lundgaard+0.575s
6Felipe Drugovich+0.687s
7Marcus Armstrong+0.717s
8Dan Ticktum+0.774s
9Roy Nissany+0.838s
10Marino Sato+0.851s
11Logan Sargeant+0.855s
12Theo Pourchaire+0.873s
13Clement Novalak+1.033s
14David Beckmann+1.072s
15Louis Deletraz+1.220s
16Guilherme Samaia+1.474s
17Matteo Nannini+1.611s
18Lirim Zendeli+2.406s
19Roberto Merhi+3.600s
20Guanyu Zhou+5.335s
21Oscar Piastri+5.895s
22Robert Shwartzman+20.962s

Afternoon Session:

Class.DriverGap
1Jehan Daruvala1m41.686s
2Robert Shwartzman+0.167s
3Dan Ticktum+0.364s
4Liam Lawson+0.491s
5Marcus Armstrong+0.595s
6Felipe Drugovich+0.687s
7Louis Deletraz+0.689s
8David Beckmann+0.712s
9Guilherme Samaia+0.729s
10Clement Novalak+0.781s
11Logan Sargeant+0.826s
12Guanyu Zhou+0.943s
13Ralph Boschung+0.949s
14Juri Vips+0.986s
15Oscari Piastri+1.033s
16Marino Sato+1.183s
17Roy Nissany+1.190s
18Christian Lundgaard+1.202s
19Lirim Zendeli+1.382s
20Matteo Nannini+2.058s
21Theo Pourchaire+2.833s
22Roberto Merhi+3.295s

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