MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich topped a stop-start Formula 2 free practice session at Barcelona.
The session was disrupted by two red flag stoppages, as Olli Caldwell and Marcus Armstrong both had offs.
Drugovich was eventually able to set a 1m30.886s lap, 0.4 seconds quicker than Prema’s Jehan Daruvala in second place.
Caldwell’s off came in the first 10 minutes of the session. The Campos Racing driver spun off at turn nine and hit the barriers hard.
The session resumed with 26 minutes on the clock, only for Hitech GP’s Armstrong to spin into the gravel four minutes later at turn four and stop practice for a second time.
When action resumed with 16 minutes to go, none of the field had yet set a representative laptime. Van Amersfoort Racing’s Amaury Cordeel was top of the order, with a time two seconds slower than the pace Drugovich would later set.
VAR’s Jake Hughes was the first to jump to the top of the times in the final segment of the session, with a 1m31.707s lap, but dropped down the order as others improved.
Drugovich was the only driver to lap sub-1m31s, and Daruvala – who had a run through the gravel late on – was nearly half a second back.
Williams junior Logan Sargeant was third fastest, with less than two tenths then covering Alpine junior Jack Doohan, Red Bull juniors Liam Lawson, Juri Vips, Ayumu Iwasa and Dennis Hauger and Sauber junior Theo Pourchaire who was eighth fastest ahead of Hauger.
The top 10 was completed by Trident driver Calan Williams.
Free practice results
|1||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||1m30.886s||5|
|6||Juri Vips||Hitech GP||1m31.595s||+0.709s||5|
|8||Theo Pourchaire||ART Grand Prix||1m31.674s||+0.788s||4|
|11||Enzo Fittipaldi||Charouz Racing System||1m31.779s||+0.893s||5|
|13||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||1m32.446s||+1.560s||5|
|15||Clement Novalak||MP Motorsport||1m32.561s||+1.675s||5|
|16||Amaury Cordeel||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m32.609s||+1.723s||3|
|17||Ralph Boschung||Campos Racing||1m32.790s||+1.904s||4|
|19||Jake Hughes||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m32.968s||+2.082s||1|
|20||Cem Bolukbasi||Charouz Racing System||1m34.632s||+3.746s||2|
|21||Marcus Armstrong||Hitech GP||1m50.509s||+19.623s||3|
|22||Olli Caldwell||Campos Racing||1m53.574s||+22.688s||3|