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Boschung ends first day of Barcelona F2 test on top

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung ended the first day of the Formula 2 in-season test in Barcelona on top of the times, leading an afternoon session with way more on-track action than the morning one.

After earlier rain the track dried out during the lunch break and drivers were determined to make up for the time lost. While some focused on race pace early in the afternoon, others went out aiming at fine tuning their set-up over one lap. All would run on the hard tyre, as a consequence of the restricted number of soft sets available – just two for the three days of testing.

Trident’s Richard Verschoor topped the charts in the early stages of the session, putting the benchmark at 1m29.788s. The first red flag of the afternoon was shown 45 minutes into the session as Hitech GP’s Juri Vips ran off the track at turn three, losing his front wing and damaging the suspension. Once the track was green again, Carlin’s Logan Sargeant equalled Verschoor’s time moving himself up to second place.

Halfway through the session, several drivers went out for a qualifying run, which resulted in Hitech’s Marcus Armstrong and then Boschung setting the fastest time just before MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich bettered both of them.

As the session entered its final hour, Boschung put on a set of soft tyres and went fastest again with a laptime of 1m27.929s. That lap would allow the Swiss driver to stay on top until the chequered flag. Armstrong, DAMS’ Ayumu Iwasa and Virtuosi Racing’s Marino Sato also fitted the softest tyre in their cars, which allowed them to set the second, third and fourth fastest laps respectively after a second red flag.

Logan Sargeant was the driver who caused the second stoppage of the afternoon when his Carlin car came to a halt in the first sector due to mechanical issues. Charouz Racing System’s Cem Bolukbasi didn’t take part in this session as a result of the damage his car sustained in this morning’s crash.

Afternoon session
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m27.929s 55
2 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 1m28.170s +0.241s 34
3 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m28.331s +0.402s 51
4 Marino Sato Virtuosi 1m28.436s +0.507s 42
5 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m29.131s +1.202s 37
6 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m29.312s +1.383s 52
7 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m29.383s +1.454s 49
8 Richard Verschoor Trident 1m29.439s +1.510s 54
9 Jake Hughes Van Amersfoort Racing 1m29.492s +1.563s 36
10 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 1m29.495s +1.566s 35
11 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 1m29.777s +1.848s 44
12 Logan Sargeant Carlin 1m29.788s +1.859s 31
13 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m29.824s +1.895s 36
14 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 1m29.844s +1.915s 41
15 Jehan Daruvala Prema 1m29.909s +1.980s 35
16 Calan Williams Trident 1m29.975s +2.046s 55
17 Amaury Cordeel Van Amersfoort Racing 1m29.993s +2.064s 39
18 Liam Lawson Carlin 1m30.180s +2.251s 49
19 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m30.439s +2.510s 36
20 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m30.488s +2.559s 15
21 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing 1m30.820s +2.891s 54
Cem Bolukbasi Charouz Racing System No time  0