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Doohan denies Drugovich top spot on third morning of F2 test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan set the fastest laptime on the third morning of Formula 2 post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit.

Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung was quickest at first, leading the way with a 1m36.203 lap that put him two tenths of a second up on MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich.

Doohan went third fastest after 26 minutes, then next time by went to the top of the times by 0.015s. Drugovich responded a few minutes later by improving in third place, then found a gain of another tenth-and-a-half to lay down a new benchmark of 1m36.139s.

That stood for 10 minutes, during which time Carlin’s Logan Sargeant rose to fourth, and with 48 minutes on the clock Doohan knocked 0.029s off the leading time.

After an intial phase of race runs for teams it then turned into a morning of tyre conservation, with almost all drivers in the pits by the start of the second hour and staying there until the third and final hour.

The DAMS drivers, Doohan and ART Grand Prix’s Frederik Vesti had been the only drivers occasionally taking to the track in the intervening time, with Liam Lawson also moving ahead of team-mate Sargeant for fourth.

Those that headed out in the final hour didn’t improve on their fastest laptimes either, with 18 of the 22 cars still in pits as the session went into its final minutes. Doohan was one of those back on track, and he ended the morning on top.

The top five was spread by just 0.160s, with ART GP’s Theo Pourchaire 0.305s back in sixth place. Going down to 19th place there was still a spread of a second, with only Guilherme Samaia (Charouz Racing System), Super Formula Lights champion Teppei Natori (Trident) and Euroformula race-winner (Van Amersfoort Racing) any further off the pace.

Bolukbasi, who has recently done tests in old GP2 cars to prepare for his F2 test bow, hadn’t even sat in the car prior to the morning’s action and he ended up 2.777s slower than Doohan.

Test results
Pos Name Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 1m36.110s 59
2 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m36.139s +0.029s 49
3 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m36.203s +0.093s 41
4 Liam Lawson Carlin 1m36.242s +0.132s 55
5 Logan Sargeant Carlin 1m36.270s +0.160s 53
6 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m36.415s +0.305s 55
7 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m36.492s +0.382s 54
8 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 1m36.550s +0.440s 52
9 Jehan Daruvala Prema 1m36.553s +0.443s 45
10 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m36.572s +0.462s 44
11 Calan Williams Trident 1m36.613s +0.503s 50
12 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m36.641s +0.531s 58
13 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m36.674s +0.564s 47
14 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m36.695s +0.585s 55
15 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 1m36.716s +0.606s 50
16 Marino Sato Virtuosi 1m36.780s +0.670s 54
17 Amaury Cordeel Van Amersfoort Racing 1m36.784s +0.674s 49
18 Juan Manuel Correa Charouz Racing System 1m36.845s +0.735s 55
19 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing 1m37.014s +0.904s 34
20 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m37.388s +1.278s 57
21 Teppei Natori Trident 1m37.644s +1.534s 56
22 Cem Bolukbasi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m38.887s +2.777s 38