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Drugovich fastest in F2 practice at Barcelona

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

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
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m30.886s 5
2 Jehan Daruvala Prema 1m31.369s +0.483s 5
3 Logan Sargeant Carlin 1m31.417s +0.531s 4
4 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 1m31.532s +0.646s 5
5 Liam Lawson Carlin 1m31.563s +0.677s 5
6 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m31.595s +0.709s 5
7 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m31.623s +0.737s 4
8 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m31.674s +0.788s 4
9 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m31.707s +0.821s 5
10 Calan Williams Trident 1m31.751s +0.865s 5
11 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 1m31.779s +0.893s 5
12 Marino Sato Virtuosi 1m32.154s +1.268s 5
13 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m32.446s +1.560s 5
14 Richard Verschoor Trident 1m32.458s +1.572s 4
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
18 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m32.883s +1.997s 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