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Charouz goes one-two at Barcelona on second afternoon of F2 test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Charouz Racing System’s David Beckmann and Guilherme Samaia set the pace on the second afternoon of Formula 2 testing at Barcelona.

Virtuosi Racing’s Felipe Drugovich set his fastest lap within the opening 10 minutes, and that initially put him in first place ahead of fellow Brazilian Gianluca Petecof.

At that time only two other drivers had been on track, HWA Racelab’s Matteo Nannini and Campos’s Ralph Boschung.

Petecof surpassed Drugovich with a 1m30.684s lap 19 minutes into the three hours of running, and for the next two hourrs there was no change in the top three with nobody even lapping within 2.8 seconds of the early pacesetters.

During those two hours, Christian Lundgaard (ART Grand Prix), Lirim Zendeli (MP Motorsport), Samaia and morning pacesetter Richard Verschoor (MP) established themselves in fourth to seventh places ahead of Boschung, who didn’t improve on his lap set at the very start.

There was als a lengthy red flag period, caused by HWA’s Alessio Deledda spinning at turn 12 on an outlap, and the session was stopped again with 44 minutes to go when Prema’s Robert Shwartzman ground to a halt in sector one.

Just a minute before that, there had finally been a change of name at the top as Beckmann went fastest with a 1m30.374s lap.

The majority of the field headed out on the restart, with Samaia moving up to second place before both Charouz drivers returned to the pits.

While 0.649s covered the top six, there was still a 3.170s gap to Lundgaard in seventh with 21 minutes to go and that gap only grew when Charouz sent its cars back on track and Beckmann and Samaia became the first drivers to lap sub-1m30s in the session.

Verschoor brought himself up to third place by also breaking into the 1m29s, while Carlin’s Dan Ticktum improved down in 21st place before with two minutes to go Deledda brought out the red flags again by spinning at turn 1 and prevented any of the drivers who were out on track from improving.

That meant just over half a second covered the top three, with a 1.300s gap to Petecof in fourth and over four seconds between Beckmann and Lundgaard in eighth and Deledda over six seconds off the pace in last.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1m29.384s 37
2 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m29.510s +0.126s 36
3 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m29.951s +0.567s 35
4 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1m30.684s +1.300s 45
5 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi 1m30.837s +1.453s 59
6 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1m30.928s +1.544s 33
7 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1m31.033s +1.649s 40
8 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m33.557s +4.173s 61
9 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m34.356s +4.972s 41
10 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m34.363s +4.979s 44
11 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m34.497s +5.113s 59
12 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m35.658s +5.274s 49
13 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m34.668s +5.284s 51
14 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m34.711s +5.327s 43
15 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m34.806s +5.422s 59
16 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m34.907s +5.523s 41
17 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi 1m35.052s +5.668s 55
18 Marino Sato Trident 1m35.196s +5.812s 45
19 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m35.270s +5.886s 50
20 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m35.278s +5.894s 39
21 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m35.607s +6.223s 39
22 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1m36.174s +6.790s 43