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Deletraz quickest again ahead of Shwartzman in Abu Dhabi F2 test

by Peter Allen

Photo: Joe Portlock / LAT Images / FIA F2 Championship

Louis Deletraz topped the times with another late effort on day two of the Formula 2 post-season test in Abu Dhabi, this time edging out FIA Formula 3 champion Robert Shwartzman.

Beaten into second place by Deletraz on Thursday, Marcus Armstrong set the pace in the morning session with a 1m50.436s lap that also stood through much of the afternoon.

Prema driver Shwartzman went top of the afternoon session at the half-way stage, before Charouz man Deletraz posted the best time so far of a 1m50.188s with half an hour remaining.

Shwartzman responded, going 0.012s faster with 18 minutes to go, but Deletraz returned to the track to set one final flyer, managing a 1m50.124s with five minutes left on the clock.

Nikita Mazepin, Pedro Piquet and Ralph Boschung were the only other drivers to go under the 1m51s mark in the afternoon; something that a total of 11 drivers had achieved in the morning.

Armstrong’s morning effort remained good enough for third overall. The ART driver had been 0.025s quicker than Deletraz and Callum Ilott, who set identical times, with Ilott finishing the day fourth for Virtuosi.

Next came Mazepin and Guanyu Zhou ahead of Boschung, who has rejoined his 2018 outfit MP Motorsport for the last two days of the test.

Testing alongside Deletraz at Charouz, Piquet’s afternoon effort put him eighth overall just ahead of Dan Ticktum (DAMS) and Felipe Drugovich (MP).

Drugovich narrowly outpaced Christian Lundgaard and Mick Schumacher, with the latter then sitting out the afternoon running while an issue on his Prema car was fixed.

Armstrong was slowest of those to set a time in the afternoon, 6.5s adrift of Deletraz as he focused on race simulations.


Day two results
Pos Name Team Morning Afternoon
1 Louis Deletraz Charouz 1m50.461s 1m50.124s
2 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m50.804s 1m50.176s
3 Marcus Armstrong ART 1m50.436s 1m56.643s
4 Callum Ilott Virtuosi 1m50.461s 1m56.261s
5 Nikita Mazepin Carlin 1m50.501s 1m50.635s
6 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi 1m50.564s 1m52.172s
7 Ralph Boschung MP 1m50.630s 1m50.869s
8 Pedro Piquet Charouz 1m51.479s 1m50.812s
9 Dan Ticktum DAMS 1m50.818s 1m56.111s
10 Felipe Drugovich MP 1m50.831s 1m51.134s
11 Christian Lundgaard ART 1m50.888s 1m55.961s
12 Mick Schumacher Prema 1m50.897s No time
13 Niko Kari Campos 1m51.032s 1m56.283s
14 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin 1m51.172s 1m51.175s
15 Artem Markelov HWA 1m51.193s 1m51.536s
16 Giuliano Alesi HWA 1m51.302s 1m51.679s
17 Sean Gelael DAMS 1m51.313s 1m55.916s
18 Marino Sato Trident 1m51.986s 1m51.877s
19 Roy Nissany Trident 1m51.979s 1m56.124s
20 Guilherme Samaia Campos 1m52.276s 1m52.035s