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Beckmann fastest for Charouz on first day of F2’s Bahrain test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Charouz Racing System’s David Beckmann ended the first day of Formula 2 pre-season test action on top with the fastest lap in the afternoon session.

After long spells of limited action in the morning, the second session began with cars immediately heading out on track and Campos Racing’s Gianluca Petecof laying down the first benchmark.

Over the first 20 minutes of the three-hour session there were nine cars that went out, with MP Motorsport’s Lirim Zendeli displacing Petecof from first place with a 1m45.395s.

His test-only team-mate Richard Verschoor shaved two tenths off that a few minutes later, but Zendeli responded with a 1m45.010s lap as ART Grand Prix’s pair, Virtuosi’s Felipe Drugovich and HWA Racelab’s Matteo Nannini became the next to set flyers.

After three quarters of an hour the top five were covered by just 0.179 seconds, but there were still five drivers lapping at non-representative pace and Prema’s Robert Shwartzman and Hitech GP’s Juri Vips had yet to go on track at all.

Vips headed out at the end of the first hour, with Drugovich becoming the first driver to break into the 1m44s not long after, while Shwartzman set his first flyer at the mid-point of the session to jump to eighth. A few minutes later his team-mate Piastri went fastest with a 1m44.632s, with ART drivers Theo Pourchaire and Christian Lundgaard following in second and third.

As the end of the second hour approached, Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou became the last driver to set a proper laptime, and when he then banked his first flyer he went into 12th place.

On a quiet track after that, teams mostly then went out one at a time and Hitech duo Vips and Liam Lawson rose to the top.

Zhou returned to track and went third fastest with two improvements, and remained there until team-mate Drugovich became the first driver to lap sub-1m44s with 25 minutes to go.

DAMS was the next team to go out, and Roy Nissany and Marcus Armstrong leapt from the bottom of the timesheet to fifth and sixth. Then it was ART, with Lundgaard and Pourchaire going one-two.

That didn’t last long though, as Beckmann broke into the 1m42s to take first place with the fastest lap of the day.

The Prema and Trident drivers also made improvements before the final five minutes, but as most drivers returned to the pits and the order at the top went unchanged.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1m42.844s 19
2 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m43.534s +0.690s 32
3 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m43.570s +0.726s 36
4 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi Racing 1m43.871s +1.027s 28
5 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m44.079s +1.235s 18
6 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m44.088s +1.244s 21
7 Marino Sato Trident 1m44.279s +1.435s 38
8 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m44.280s +1.436s 24
9 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m44.314s +1.470s 40
10 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi Racing 1m44.322s +1.478s 28
11 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m44.331s +1.487s 34
12 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m44.581s +1.737s 23
13 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m44.678s +1.834s 18
14 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1m45.010s +2.166s 36
15 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m45.134s +2.290s 39
16 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m45.189s +2.345s 16
17 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1m45.316s +2.472s 27
18 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m45.561s +2.717s 17
19 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1m46.238s +3.394s 33
20 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m48.885s +6.041s 24
21 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1m48.990s +6.146s 19
22 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m49.637s +6.793s 26