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Armstrong fastest on final morning of F2 Bahrain test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Ferrari junior Marcus Armstrong went fastest for DAMS on the final morning of Formula 2 pre-season testing at Bahrain.

Charouz Racing System was the first team to get on track for a set of laps, and the first flyer came in after 10 minutes from Virtuosi’s Felipe Drugovich. Half of the field put in an early banker, while DAMS didn’t even go for installation laps.

By the 25-minute mark of the three-hour session it was Carlin duo Dan Ticktum and Jehan Daruvala on top, with Charouz’s David Beckmann and Hitech GP’s Juri Vips having also bettered Drugovich’s early benchmark.

The DAMS drivers had now gone out and set flying laps, leaving only HWA’s Matteo Nannini and ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard as yet to run at a representative pace.

MP Motorsport’s Richard Verschoor and then Vips went to the top of the times within the first hour, with Lundgaard still yet to show his true pace.

He eventually did at the start of the second hour, but only outpaced HWA’s Alessio Deledda while Armstrong brought the laptime to beat down to a 1m42.173s. Hitech’s Liam Lawson and Vips, as well as Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou, were all within a tenth of a second of him.

Approaching the mid-point of the session a focus on qualifying runs brought Prema’s Oscar Piastri and Robert Shwartzman up to sixth and ninth and Lundgaard up to 14th after the trio had been languishing towards the bottom of the timesheet.

The session was red flagged a few minutes after the improvements by those three, at which point just 1.412s covered the top 21, with Deledda a further 1.491s slower than Daruvala in 21st place.

The top five from the beginning of the second hour was unchanged as the session went into its final minutes, where just a few drivers were on track and completing the end of long runs.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m42.173s 22
2 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m42.218s +0.045s 13
3 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m42.224s +0.051s 36
4 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi Racing 1m42.234s +0.061s 47
5 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1m42.356s +0.183s 22
6 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m42.359s +0.186s 20
7 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m42.427s +0.254s 23
8 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m42.522s +0.349s 24
9 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m42.527s +0.354s 22
10 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi Racing 1m42.570s +0.397s 45
11 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1m42.587s +0.414s 48
12 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m42.590s +0.417s 25
13 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m42.595s +0.422s 40
14 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m42.674s +0.501s 40
15 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m42.815s +0.642s 34
16 Marino Sato Trident 1m42.920s +0.747s 43
17 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1m43.159s +0.986s 31
18 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1m43.219s +1.046s 24
19 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m43.283s +1.110s 47
20 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m43.496s +1.323s 24
21 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m43.585s +1.412s 24
22 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1m45.076s +2.903s 36