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Doohan sets F2 benchmark in Hungary by 0.001s

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Rudy Carezzevoli

Jack Doohan led the way in Formula 2 free practice at the Hungaroring, but it was a strange end to the session for the Virtuosi Racing driver.

Doohan topped the order in the first half of the session, setting a 1m29.562s laptime. He continued to circulate, though wouldn’t find any improvements on his earlier benchmark.

In the final five minutes, his car suffered an apparent issue and he slowed on track. Doohan was able to keep going, and got off track at the exit to the support paddock.

His 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship rival Dennis Hauger also had a difficult end to practice, suffering a heavy spin just as the chequered flag fell. Hauger, who was already under investigation for speeding in the pitlane, came to a stop by a wall and brought out the yellow flags but managed to avoid serious contact.

Laptimes rapidly tumbled in the first 15 minutes of practice. Hauger set the first benchmark with a 1m31.241s, but wouldn’t stay fastest for long as Jehan Daruvala, Theo Pourchaire, Juri Vips and Marcus Armstrong all took turns at the top.

Doohan and Hauger then swapped fastest laps before Doohan’s 1m29.562s put him out of reach.

DAMS’ Ayumu Iwasa came closest to bettering the time, going just 0.001 seconds slower than Doohan. Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jake Hughes stand-in David Beckmann was third fastest, also less than a tenth off Doohan, and ART Grand Prix’s Frederick Vesti was fourth ahead of Armstrong, Pourchaire and Hauger.

Several drivers had laptimes deleted due to track limits violations, including championship leader Felipe Drugovich and Logan Sargeant.

Drugovich’s fastest lap that stood would only be enough for 13th place, while Sargeant ended the session 11th as Liam Lawson, Enzo Fittipaldi and Vips completed the top 10.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 1m29.562s 18
2 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m29.563s +0.001s 20
3 David Beckmann Van Amersfoort Racing 1m29.641s +0.079s 19
4 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m29.763s +0.201s 20
5 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 1m29.883s +0.321s 18
6 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m29.894s +0.332s 20
7 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m29.941s +0.379s 17
8 Liam Lawson Carlin 1m29.947s +0.385s 22
9 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 1m30.259s +0.697s 20
10 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m30.270s +0.708s 18
11 Logan Sargeant Carlin 1m30.281s +0.719s 21
12 Jehan Daruvala Prema 1m30.306s +0.744s 18
13 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m30.348s +0.786s 22
14 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing 1m30.415s +0.853s 19
15 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m30.583s +1.021s 19
16 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 1m30.660s +1.098s 19
17 Calan Williams Trident 1m30.678s +1.116s 20
18 Marino Sato Virtuosi 1m30.699s +1.137s 19
19 Amaury Cordeel Van Amersfoort Racing 1m30.720s +1.158s 21
20 Richard Verschoor Trident 1m30.738s +1.176s 20
21 Roberto Merhi Campos Racing 1m30.824s +1.262s 20
22 Cem Bolukbasi Charouz Racing System 1m31.071s +1.509s 21