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Deletraz fastest for MP on final morning of F2 testing

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Formula 2

MP Motorsport’s Louis Deletraz topped the final morning of Formula 2 post-season testing at Bahrain, setting an early lap that went unbeaten for hours.

Almost the entirety of the field had set their fastest laps by the mid-point of three-hour session, and Deletraz sat at the top of the times by 0.178 seconds over Carlin’s day one and day two pacesetter Jehan Daruvala.

A Hitech GP three-four with Juri Vips and Liam Lawson was prevented by Daruvala’s team-mate Dan Ticktum bettering Lawson by just 0.002s to go fourth fastest, while Deletraz’s team-mate Lirim Zendeli was sixth.

Campos Racing duo Ralph Boschung and Logan Sargeant were seventh and eighth, with Bosching’s third lap of the session standing as his best, and the top 10 was rounded out by Guilherme Samaia (Charouz Racing System) and Christian Lundgaard (ART Grand Prix).

Clement Novalak switched teams from Trident to Virtuosi Racing for the third day of testing and was 14th fastest, while FIA Formula 3 Championship graduate Bent Viscaal made his F2 test debut with Trident in his place and was 16th.

Oscar Piastri, this year’s FIA F3 champion with Prema, could only manage to go 17th fastest behind him, and DAMS’ Marcus Armstrong and Roy Nissany failed to improved on their first few laps so propped up the timesheet.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Louis Deletraz MP Motorsport 1m41.827s 25
2 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m42.005s +0.178s 31
3 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m42.145s +0.318s 46
4 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m42.302s +0.475s 30
5 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m42.304s +0.477s 40
6 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1m42.409s +0.582s 35
7 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m42.479s +0.652s 9
8 Logan Sargeant Campos Racing 1m42.524s +0.697s 26
9 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m42.606s +0.779s 36
10 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m42.695s +0.868s 39
11 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi Racing 1m42.697s +0.870s 39
12 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m42.818s +0.991s 32
13 Marino Sato Trident 1m43.009s +1.182s 16
14 Clement Novalak Virtuosi Racing 1m43.028s +1.201s 37
15 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m43.164s +1.337s 28
16 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m43.478s +1.651s 35
17 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m43.521s +1.694s 30
18 Roberto Merhi HWA Racelab 1m43.704s +1.877s 19
19 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1m43.966s +2.139s 19
20 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1m44.749s +2.922s 22
21 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m47.574s +5.747s 41
22 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m47.964s +6.137s 43