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Doohan fastest in the afternoon on day one of F2 testing at Barcelona

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan ended day one of Formula 2’s Barcelona in-season test on top as he beat Kush Maini’s best laptime from the morning by almost 0.8 seconds.

Rodin Carlin’s Zane Maloney brought out the only red flag of the afternoon session half an hour in as he spun at the exit of turn seven.

It was Maloney’s team-mate Enzo Fittipaldi who topped the times with a 1m26.642s lap when the on-track action was halted. Meanwhile, other drivers had spent the early minutes embarking on race simulations.

The session resumed shortly afterwards, and DAMS’ Ayumu Iwasa claimed the top spot, bettering Fittipaldi’s benchmark by 0.060s.

Most of the cars returned to the pitlane at the end of the first hour of running, after a far busier start to the session compared to the morning one.

Fittipaldi reclaimed the fastest lap, breaking the 1m26s barrier by three tenths of a second while running on hard compound tyres. Prema’s Frederik Vesti also improved his pace to move up to second place as the session went past its second half.

Track temperature decreased with one hour to go, and several drivers took the track on a new set of soft tyres. Hitech GP’s Isack Hadjar was the first to top the times on that compound with a 1m25.459s lap, but Fittipalidi would again lower the overall benchmark to 1m24.810s.

A blistering lap with over half an hour remaining placed Doohan ahead of everyone by 0.324s.

Only Prema’s Ollie Bearman and Vesti were able to get close to Doohan’s fastest time. However, the Australian would improve again in the last 10 minutes to end the day almost half a second faster than Ferrari junior Bearman.

MP Motorsport and ART Grand Prix’ drivers devoted most of their track time to race simulations. Dennis Hauger was the driver with the most laps completed in the afternoon, with a total of 59. His team-mate Jehan Daruvala followed on 51, while ART GP Theo Pourchaire and Victor Martins clocked 50 laps each.

Afternoon session results

Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Jack Doohan Virtuosi Racing 1m24.177s 41
2 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m24.624s +0.447s 38
3 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m24.742s +0.565s 36
4 Enzo Fittipaldi Carlin 1m24.810s +0.633s 37
5 Amaury Cordeel Virtuosi Racing 1m24.904s +0.727s 35
6 Richard Verschoor Van Amersfoort Racing 1m25.058s +0.881s 47
7 Kush Maini Campos Racing 1m25.188s +1.011s 37
8 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m25.290s +1.113s 31
9 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 1m25.325s +1.148s 59
10 Roy Nissany PHM by Charouz 1m25.434s +1.257s 26
11 Arthur Leclerc DAMS 1m25.439s +1.262s 46
12 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m25.440s +1.263s 34
13 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m25.459s +1.282s 27
14 Brad Benavides PHM by Charouz 1m25.502s +1.325s 36
15 Juan Manuel Correa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m25.647s +1.470s 47
16 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m25.773s +1.596s 26
17 Clement Novalak Trident 1m26.718s +2.541s 31
18 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m26.893s +2.716s 31
19 Roman Stanek Trident 1m26.938s +2.761s 32
20 Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport 1m27.458s +3.281s 51
21 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m29.118s +4.941s 50
22 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m29.292s +5.115s 50