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Drugovich tops disrupted opening Barcelona F2 test session

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Championship leader Felipe Drugovich topped the first session of Formula 2’s in-season Barcelona test in a morning hampered by red flags and some rain.

The track was already busy early in the morning with the teams expecting some rain later in the day and also on Wednesday. Several warm up laps were needed to get the hard Pirelli compound up to temperature, as track surface barely reached 15°C.

The first red flag came out 40 minutes into the session as Trident’s Calan Williams stopped at turn two. The mechanical issue was solved soon and Williams was back out on track half an hour later.

Liam Lawson brought out the second red flag of the morning just when the first hour of running had been completed. The New Zealander, who had come to a halt in sector three, couldn’t rejoin the session as a result.

A crash from Charouz Racing System’s Cem Bolukbasi meant the session had to be stopped for a third time as the session approached its last hour. The Turkish driver, returning to action after concussion ruled him out following a practice crash in Jeddah, lost the control of his car at the exit of turn nine and hit the inside wall of the back straight, breaking the suspension on all four corners and the rear wing in the process.

As the session resumed, the first drops of rain appeared, reducing considerably the on-track action. Van Amersfoort Racing’s duo Jake Hughes and Amaury Cordeel and Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung were the only ones out on a slippery track in slippery conditions, with first two being the only ones to complete consecutive laps.

Both the incidents and the rain impeded drivers from improving their lap times as the session progressed. As a consequence, MP Motorsport driver Drugovich’s 1m29.755s set in the first half of the morning remained as the fastest time. Hughes’ outings under the rain meant he was the driver with the most laps clocked, at 37, followed by Boschung’s 32.

Morning session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m29.755s 20
2 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m29.920s +0.165s 23
3 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m30.124s +0.369s 19
4 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m30.207s +0.452s 21
5 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 1m30.215s +0.460s 18
6 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 1m30.245s +0.490s 22
7 Liam Lawson Carlin 1m30.298s +0.543s 10
8 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m30.361s +0.606s 32
9 Logan Sargeant Carlin 1m30.403s +0.648s 19
10 Jake Hughes Van Amersfoort Racing 1m30.412s +0.657s 37
11 Marino Sato Virtuosi 1m30.440s +0.685s 18
12 Calan Williams Trident 1m30.454s +0.699s 17
13 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 1m30.465s +0.710s 21
14 Jehan Daruvala Prema 1m30.466s +0.711s 16
15 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m30.586s +0.831s 23
16 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m30.692s +0.937s 20
17 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 1m30.753s +0.998s 18
18 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing 1m30.856s +1.101s 22
19 Amaury Cordeel Van Amersfoort Racing 1m30.886s +1.131s 27
20 Richard Verschoor Trident 1m30.944s +1.189s 13
21 Cem Bolukbasi Charouz Racing System 1m31.455s +1.700s 21
22 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m31.730s +1.975s 16