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Armstrong leads rain-disrupted afternoon F2 session at Barcelona

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Hitech GP’s Marcus Armstrong set the fastest time on Wednesday afternoon in Formula 2 testing, in a session which had little running in its second half due to rain.

A 1m29.752s lap set early on allowed Armstrong to stay at the top of the times for the rest of the session as most of the drivers focused on long runs on the hard compound tyre. His fastest lap was nine tenths slower than Roy Nissany’s morning session benchmark, as the increased grap of the track surface was undone by rainfall.

Half an hour into the session, Trident’s Calan Williams came to a halt at the beginning of the straight, bringing red flags out. When action resumed, several drivers went out on track to work on their race pace.

The rain came as the session approached its halfway point, and stopped the progress of the long runs that were being carried out. The fact it was light rain meant that nobody adventured to go out on track, as it was too slippery for slicks but too dry for the wet tyres.

Once the rain stopped with less than one hour on the clock, the track dried quickly. This allowed some to go out again, and among them was Prema’s Jehan Daruvala who had had to stop his race simulation earlier in the afternoon due to technical issues.

However, the mechanical gremlins in the Indian’s car seemed to persist as he returned to his pitbox after going down the pit straight at very low speed. After some checks, he left the pits again and was able to complete some consecutive laps.

While the order at the top went unchanged, Nissany’s DAMS team-mate Ayumu Iwasa did improve at the end of the session to go 11th fastest.

Afternoon session
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 1m29.752s 27
2 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m29.960s +0.208s 20
3 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m30.148s +0.396s 27
4 Amaury Cordeel Van Amersfoort Racing 1m30.169s +0.417s 20
5 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m30.169s +0.417s 24
6 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing 1m30.516s +0.764s 36
7 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 1m30.950s +1.198s 13
8 Richard Verschoor Trident 1m32.870s +3.118s 45
9 Liam Lawson Carlin 1m33.083s +3.331s 49
10 Logan Sargeant Carlin 1m33.142s +3.390s 49
11 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m33.142s +3.489s 27
12 Jehan Daruvala Prema 1m33.444s +3.692s 23
13 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m33.603s +3.851s 45
14 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 1m33.713s +3.961s 31
15 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 1m33.954s +4.202s 26
16 Calan Williams Trident 1m34.449s +4.697s 10
17 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m34.516s +4.764s 47
18 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m34.580s +4.828s 39
19 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m34.901s +5.149s 45
20 Marino Sato Virtuosi 1m35.275s +5.523s 9
21 Jake Hughes Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.493s +5.741s 12