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Daruvala quickest on second afternoon of F2 testing

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: FIA Formula 2

Jehan Daruvala rounded out the second day of Formula 2’s post-season Bahrain test at the top of the order.

The Carlin driver and Prema’s Robert Shwartzman were the only drivers to set sub-1m42s laptimes. A late improvement from Daruvala left him with a 1m41.686s, 0.167 seconds quicker than Shwartzman.

Reigning FIA Formula 3 champion Oscar Piastri set the pace in the first half hour of the session, though his 1m44s time indicated there was still lots of room for improvement.

Shwartzman and Virtuosi Racing’s Felipe Drugovich both lowered the benchmark before a 1m42.034s time put Daruvala top of the times.

Daruvala continued to find improvements, but two red flags disrupted running in the final hour.

The session resumed with just under 20 minutes on the clock, and Daruvala was able to find two more improvements before the chequered flag.

Behind the top two, Dan Ticktum put the second Carlin-run car in third place, ahead of Hitech GP debutant Liam Lawson and DAMS’ Marcus Armstrong.

Drugovich and MP Motorsport’s Louis Deletraz had limited running, only completing 26 and 23 laps respectively compared to Armstrong’s 40. Despite this, they ended the day seventh and eighth on the timesheet.

After setting the pace early on, Piastri’s afternoon also featured limited running, with just 19 laps completed and an end-of-day position of 14th.

David Beckmanm, Guilherme Samaia and Clement Novalak completed the top 10.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m41.686s 34
2 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m41.853s +0.167s 33
3 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m42.050s +0.364s 35
4 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m42.177s +0.491s 39
5 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m42.281s +0.595s 42
6 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi Racing 1m42.373s +0.687s 29
7 Louis Deletraz MP Motorsport 1m42.375s +0.689s 23
8 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1m42.398s +0.712s 40
9 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m42.415s +0.729s 38
10 Clement Novalak Trident 1m42.467s +0.781s 47
11 Logan Sargeant Campos Racing 1m42.512s +0.826s 36
12 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi Racing 1m42.629s +0.943s 47
13 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m42.635s +0.949s 31
14 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m42.672s +0.986s 39
15 Oscari Piastri Prema 1m42.719s +1.033s 33
16 Marino Sato Trident 1m32.869s +1.183s 53
17 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m42.876s +1.190s 30
18 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m42.888s +1.202s 41
19 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1m43.068s +1.382s 18
20 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1m43.744s +2.058s 25
21 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m44.519s +2.833s 35
22 Roberto Merhi HWA Racelab 1m44.981s +3.295s 19