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Juan Manuel Correa beats Mick Schumacher to top day two of F2 test

by Peter Allen

Photo: Joe Portlock / FIA Formula 2

Juan Manuel Correa beat fellow rookie and former team-mate Mick Schumacher to top the second day of Formula 2 post-season testing in Abu Dhabi.

American driver Correa, who came 12th in GP3 this year, switched from MP Motorsport to Charouz for his second day of F2 running and ended it by becoming the second driver this week to dip under the 1m50s mark.

Inside the final 10 minutes, Schumacher went fastest by just two thousandths of a second over veteran Luca Ghiotto, but his former Prema Formula 4 colleague Correa beat that effort by 0.208s in the dying moments.

Correa’s 1m49.958s was 0.026s faster than the time Louis Deletraz set to top the opening day on Thursday.

Ghiotto, driving for the former Russian Time team as it prepares for life under new ownership, was third ahead of DAMS tester Sergio Sette Camara and his Carlin replacement Nobuharu Matsushita.

Former ART driver Jack Aitken joined the test with Charouz and was sixth ahead of Carlin’s Deletraz. Dorian Boccolacci returned to action with MP Motorsport and took eighth in front of Nikita Mazepin (ART) and Callum Ilott, who moved from Charouz to Trident.

The morning session was slower with many teams focusing on long runs: the six cars from ART, DAMS and Prema propped up the times.

GP3 champion Anthoine Hubert was fastest for MP Motorsport with a 1m51.116s, 0.308s ahead of Renault colleague Aitken.

Giuliano Alesi made his F2 debut with his long-time GP3 team Trident and was third in the morning, and 13th in the afternoon.

Sebastien Fernandez was the other newcomer, stepping up with Campos after coming third in the team’s GP3 car on Wednesday.


Test results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Juan Manuel Correa Charouz Racing System 1m49.958s
2 Mick Schumacher Prema +0.208s
3 Luca Ghiotto Russian Time +0.210s
4 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS +0.265s
5 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin +0.269s
6 Jack Aitken Charouz Racing System +0.298s
7 Louis Deletraz Carlin +0.325s
8 Dorian Boccolacci MP Motorsport +0.436s
9 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix +0.513s
10 Callum Ilott Trident +0.517s
11 Guan Yu Zhou Russian Time +0.617s
12 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix +0.624s
13 Giuliano Alesi Trident +0.699s
14 Sean Gelael Prema +0.709s
15 Nicholas Latifi DAMS +0.715s
16 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing +0.727s
17 Anthoine Hubert MP Motorsport +1.158s
18 Sebastian Fernandez Campos Racing +1.295s
19 Marino Sato Arden International +1.581s
20 Ralf Aron Arden International +1.835s