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Bortoleto on top in afternoon as rain hits F2’s Barcelona test

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Virtuosi Racing’s Gabriel Bortoleto was fastest in the afternoon on day one of Formula 2’s in-season test at Barcelona, which ended early due to rain.

Campos Racing and Trident were the first two teams to set flying laps, with Isack Hadjar fastest early on. Richard Verschoor soon lowered the pace, but his laptime was still far from the benchmark set in the morning session.

Hitech GP’s Paul Aron rose to the top during hour two of three, with MP Motorsport’s drivers at this point yet to set a laptime. Dennis Hauger had left the pits several times but returned to it before crossing the start-finish line, whereas Franco Colapinto had not even left the team’s garage.

Prema’s Andrea Kimi Antonelli caused the first red flag period of the afternoon 75 minutes in, as the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior went at turn nine. He avoided significant damaging his car, which was retrieved by marshals so he could return to the track later in the session.

Green flags waved again with over one hour-and-a-half left on the clock, and the MP duo headed out. That left ART Grand Prix’s drivers as the slowest in the field, as they were performing aero test runs.

The next change at the top was when Bortoleto went fastest, with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Enzo Fittipaldi improving to second place.

Aron returned to the top in the last hour of running, but then got shuffled back down the order as he was unable to break into the 1m25s.

DAMS’ Jak Crawford was the first driver to fit the soft compound tyres and consequently lowered the pace to 1m25.182s. Red flags appeared again with half an hour to go as the car of ART GP’s Zak O’Sullivan had to be rescued in the second sector.

More drivers headed out on soft tyres when the action resumed. Bortoleto, who was already out when the session was stopped, beat Crawford’s benchmark by 0.039 seconds.

His team-mate Kush Maini and ART GP’s Victor Martins meanwhile returned to the pitlane without completing a push lap as it started to rain. The rainfall intensified, and it led to the track being empty for the final 10 minutes rather than drivers setting late flying laps.

Afternoon session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Gabriel Bortoleto Virtuosi Racing 1m25.143s   30
2 Jak Crawford DAMS 1m25.182s +0.039s 25
3 Enzo Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m25.744s +0.601s 32
4 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m25.756s +0.613s 37
5 Paul Aron Hitech GP 1m26.032s +0.889s 43
6 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m26.325s +1.172s 30
7 Isack Hadjar Campos Racing 1m26.361s +1.218s 38
8 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m26.396s +1.253s 33
9 Richard Verschoor Trident 1m26.413s +1.270s 30
10 Juan Manuel Correa DAMS 1m26.433s +1.290s 25
11 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m26.652s +1.509s 29
12 Joshua Duerksen PHM Racing 1m26.699s +1.556s 24
13 Amaury Cordeel Hitech GP 1m26.806s +1.663s 40
14 Kush Maini Virtuosi Racing 1m26.819s +1.676s 25
15 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m26.847s +1.704s 33
16 Zak O’Sullivan ART Grand Prix 1m26.862s +1.719s 35
17 Roman Stanek Trident 1m26.955s +1.812s 40
18 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 1m27.008s +1.865s 37
19 Zane Maloney Rodin Motorsport 1m27.112s +1.969s 38
20 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m27.226s +2.083s 20
21 Ritomo Miyata Rodin Motorsport 1m27.615s +2.472s 23
22 Taylor Barnard PHM Racing 1m27.926s +2.783s 24