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Drugovich sets record pace at Barcelona on Sunday morning of F2 test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Virtuosi Racing’s Felipe Drugovich set a blistering pace to top the penultimate session of Formula 2’s in-season Barcelona test.

MP Motorsport’s Lirim Zendeli was fastest of the first group of drivers to lap at a representative pace in the morning session, and then ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard went sub-1m30s before red flags were waved as a result of HWA Racelab’s Alessio Deledda spinning at the first corner.

Lundgaard remained on top for the first half-hour before Drugovich set a 1m29.328s, a benchmark he would improve on a few minutes later. The response from Lundgaard was the first lap of the day in the 1m28s, and the return from Drugovich was even stronger as he set a 1m27.945s that became the fastest lap of the three-day test.

That was only 44 minutes into the three-hour session, and before the end of the first hour Hitech GP’s Liam Lawson demoted Lundgaard to third with a 1m28.422s.

While most drivers sat in the pits, Lundgaard went back out and recorded a 1m28.285s to reclaim the position, with Trident’s Bent Viscaal and Zendeli completing the top five at this point.

In the second hour of running they were shuffled down the order as Vips came close to team-mate Lawson’s lap and Theo Pourchaire (ART) and Robert Shwartzman (Prema) both lapped in the 1m28.4s.

At the end of that hour, Prema’s Oscar Piastri shot up the timesheet to second place, going 0.160s slower than Drugovich’s long-standing benchmark.

Many opted to preserve tyres in the final hour, giving them greater choice of rubber for the final afternoon session, and it meant there were no changes in the top half of the order.

The session then ended nine seconds early, as Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala hit trouble on his last lap at turn 11 and red flags were required while his car was stationary on track.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi 1m27.945s 21
2 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m28.105s +0.160s 23
3 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m28.285s +0.340s 43
4 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m28.422s +0.477s 39
5 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m28.433s +0.488s 25
6 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m28.484s +0.539s 44
7 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m28.491s +0.546s 31
8 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m28.736s +0.791s 38
9 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1m28.737s +0.792s 35
10 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi 1m28.755s +0.810s 24
11 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m28.906s +0.961s 33
12 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m28.972s +1.027s 35
13 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1m28.973s +1.028s 29
14 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m28.992s +1.047s 21
15 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m28.993s +1.048s 36
16 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m29.032s +1.087s 35
17 Marino Sato Trident 1m29.182s +1.237s 51
18 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m29.678s +1.733s 31
19 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1m29.744s +1.799s 38
20 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m30.166s +2.221s 36
21 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1m32.096s +4.151s 37
22 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab no time 6