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Daruvala quickest for Prema on first afternoon of F2 test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Jehan Daruvala was quickest for Prema to end the first day of Formula 2 post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit.

There were fewer interruptions than in the morning, although the first hour was interrupted by new team Van Amersfoort Racing having one of its cars stop on track while Amaury Cordeel was at the wheel.

At that point Guilherme Samaia was at the top of the times with a 1m38.766s lap, putting him ahead of Ralph Boschung, who is already signed with Campos Racing for 2022, and Darvuala who is linked to racing for Prema next year.

Daruvala went fastest at the end of the first hour but just a minute later was bettered by ART Grand Prix’s FIA Formula 3 Championship graduate Frederik Vesti, who set a 1m38.264s.

That kept him ahead for half an hour until MP Motorsport returnee Felipe Drugovich, who went quickest in the morning, knocked 1.4 seconds off the benchmark pace and set a 1m36.526s lap.

There was no response to that laptime, although Super Formula Lights champion Teppei Natori did move up to second place before the end of the second hour in one of Trident’s cars.

ART GP’s Theo Pourchaire took over at the top during the third hour with a 1m36.250s, with his new benchmark also standing for a while before Daruvala moved ahead and came just short of breaking into the 1m35s.

Drugovich went 0.055s faster but also didn’t go sub-1m36s, but two laps later he improved again to set a 1m35.793s.

Pourchaire moved up into second place, and Daruvala was down in third until the final minutes when he went back out on track and snatched back first place.

Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan moved up to third late on, with Pourchaire and Boschung the only other drivers within a second of Daruvala’s pace.

Calan Williams, in sixth, was the top F2 debutant while his Trident team-mate Natori sank down to 15th despite improving on his penultimate lap, anf ended up 2.225s back.

Session results
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1 Jehan Daruvala Prema 1m35.435s 46
2 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport +0.358s 44
3 Jack Doohan Virtuosi +0.416s 44
4 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix +0.546s 46
5 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing +0.905s 33
6 Calan Williams Trident +1.270s 48
7 Roy Nissany DAMS +1.424s 41
8 Juan Manuel Correa Charouz Racing System +1.451s 34
9 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix +1.477s 45
10 Dennis Hauger Prema +1.525s 44
11 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing +1.596s 44
12 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System +1.638s 40
13 Jake Hughes Van Amersfoort Racing +1.642s 52
14 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS +2.112s 38
15 Teppei Natori Trident +2.225s 51
16 Juri Vips Hitech GP +3.029s 28
17 Logan Sargeant Carlin +3.274s 63
18 Liam Lawson Carlin +3.473s 64
19 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport +3.661s 36
20 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP +3.909s 52
21 Marino Sato Virtuosi +4.016s 53
22 Amaury Cordeel Van Amersfoort Racing +5.537s 13