Deletraz on top, Lawson and Armstrong shine in final F2 test

Louis Deletraz topped the third and final day of FIA Formula 2 post-season testing in Sakhir, recording a time of 1:41.872 in the morning session, before switching his attention to longer runs in the afternoon.

Jehan Daruvala impressed again, the Carlin racer led the timesheets on days one and two and finished second overall on Thursday, 0.178s off Deletraz’s time. While, Daruvala’s fellow Red Bull junior Jüri Vips clinched third with Hitech Grand Prix.

MORNING

The field focused their attention on getting plenty of laps under their belts on the final morning of post-season testing, though there were some competitive times set. Deletraz led for almost the entire session, setting the benchmark at 1:41.827 in the opening stages.

Ralph Boschung was second for a while, six tenths off, but had dropped down to seventh by the end of the morning after his car came to a halt on the main straight and forced him out of the session. Bent Viscaal was another to stop on the main straight, which also ended his day early.

Having dominated the first two days, Daruvala put his name back towards the top of the timesheets in the final 90 minutes, getting up to P2, 0.178s off the pace. The Indian two tenths faster than his teammate, Dan Ticktum, in fourth.

Hitech’s Red Bull junior team pairing continued to impress on the final morning, as Vips took third and Liam Lawson fifth. There was also space in the top ten for two more Formula 3 race winners, as Lirim Zendeli posted the sixth fastest time, with Logan Sargeant taking P8.

Christian Lundgaard and Guilherme Samaia completed the top ten with ART Grand Prix and Campos.

Class.DriverGap
1Louis Deletraz1m41.827s
2Jehan Daruvala+0.178s
3Juri Vips+0.318s
4Dan Ticktum+0.475s
5Liam Lawson+0.477s
6Lirim Zendeli+0.582s
7Ralph Boschung+0.652s
8Logan Sargeant+0.697s
9Guilherme Samaia+0.779s
10Christian Lundgaard+0.868s
11Felipe Drugovich+0.870s
12Robert Shwartzman+0.991s
13Marino Sato+1.182s
14Clement Novalak+1.201s
15Theo Pourchaire+1.337s
16Bent Viscaal+1.651s
17Oscar Piastri+1.694s
18Roberto Merhi+1.877s
19David Beckmann+2.139s
20Matteo Nannini+2.922s
21Marcus Armstrong+5.747s
22Roy Nissany+6.137s

AFTERNOON

Samaia returned from the break and built on a positive morning’s worked, setting the fastest lap inside of the opening hour. Testing with Charouz, the Brazilian’s tour of 1:43.612 beat off competition from David Beckmann and Roberto Merhi. The trio would finish the session in sixth, eighth and ninth.

Logan Sargeant had put in an impressive 35 laps with Campos before Theo Pourchaire stopped on track and brought out a brief red flag. The American got straight back out there afterwards and finished the afternoon on 53.

Roy Nissany got stuck into some fast laps and punched in a time quick enough for second, less than a tenth off Samaia. The DAMS’ racer ended up dropping down to seventh. Nissany’s teammate, Marcus Armstrong, then chucked on a fresh pair of boots and broke the1m 43s barrier.

Felipe Drugovich and Oscar Piastri joined the Kiwi in swapping for a fresh set, going first and second in the final half an hour. The UNI-Virtuosi racer had spent most of the afternoon in the garage but returned to the track with a lap of 1:42.435.

Robert Shwartzman popped up in fourth in the final half an hour, with Clement Novalak taking P5 in the second Virtuosi. Matteo Nannini completed the top ten with HWA RACELAB.

Class.DriverGap
1Felipe Drugovich1m42.435s
2Oscar Piastri+0.349s
3Marcus Armstrong+0.392s
4Robert Shwartzman+0.833s
5Clement Novalak+0.976s
6Guilherme Samaia+1.177s
7Roy Nissany+1.217s
8Roberto Merhi+1.230s
9David Beckmann+1.487s
10Matteo Nannini+1.793s
11Lirim Zendeli+3.069s
12Louis Deletraz+4.352s
13Liam Lawson+4.783s
14Logan Sargeant+4.952s
15Marino Sato+5.092s
16Juri Vips+5.292s
17Theo Pourchaire+5.479s
18Christian Lundgaard+5.639s
19Jehan Daruvala+5.801s
20Dan Ticktum+5.823s
21Ralph Boschung
22Bent Viscaal

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