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Drugovich tops Saudi F2 practice, Bolukbasi and Pourchaire crash

by Jordan Edwards

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich was fastest in Formula 2 free practice in Jeddah as two red flag interrupted proceedings in Saudi Arabia.

Following the first stoppage, Carlin’s Liam Lawson was among several drivers who had time to set one flying lap and rose to second place behind early pacesetter Drugovich.

Before then Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung had been the first to put in a meaningful laptime, with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jake Hughes fighting through traffic to appear near the top too before Drugovich went fastest in all three sectors and set a 1m44.100s.

Some of the teams opted to practice pitstops early in the session, as in the feature race in Bahrain last weekend Trident’s Calan Williams and Prema’s Dennis Hauger were released with only three wheels attached.

There were several instances of debris on the Jeddah track, with Lawson picking up a plastic glove on his radio transponder and VAR’s Amaury Cordeel running over more plastic on track in the opening minutes.

The layout of the track has been revised since it was first used last December following safety concerns, and the kerb at turn 12 caused minor problems for several drivers. There were also several incidents of drivers striking kerbs and walls hard, which was the cause of both red flag periods.

MP’s Clement Novalak lost the rear of his car going through turn 15, but kept it running and was able to get going quickly.

Charouz Racing System driver Cem Bolukbasi then found the wall between turns 11 and 12 after grounding out on the outside kerb of Turn 11 before sliding backwards, with speed, into the barriers.

The incident caused a red flag interruption of over 10 minutes, with the Turkish driver having to wait several minutes before being attended by the FIA medical team who assisted him out of the wreckage.

Championship points leader Theo Pourcahire caused the second red flag interruption after just two minutes of green flag action after as he spun at the exit of the turn 22 left-hander, a corner that was of contention last year due to the crashes that occurred there, and hit the wall in similar fashion to Bolukbasi. The session was not restarted after his crash.

Free practice results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m44.100s 10
2 Liam Lawson Carlin 1m44.250s +0.150s 10
3 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 1m44.434s +0.334s 8
4 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m44.486s +0.386s 10
5 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m44.581s +0.481s 9
6 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing 1m44.758s +0.658s 11
7 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m44.772s +0.672s 9
8 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 1m45.016s +0.916s 9
9 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m45.080s +0.980s 9
10 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 1m45.147s +1.047s 9
11 Jake Hughes Van Amersfoort Racing 1m45.159s +1.059s 10
12 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m45.236s +1.136s 6
13 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m45.425s +1.325s 6
14 Richard Verschoor Trident 1m45.474s +1.374s 10
15 Marino Sato Virtuosi 1m45.951s +1.851s 7
16 Logan Sargeant Carlin 1m46.093s +1.993s 9
17 Calan Williams Trident 1m46.107s +2.007s 10
18 Jehan Daruvala Prema 1m46.726s +2.626s 6
19 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m47.444s +3.344s 9
20 Cem Bolukbasi Charouz Racing System 1m47.881s +3.781s 8
21 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 2m02.410s +18.310s 4
22 Amaury Cordeel Van Amersfoort Racing 2m12.204s +28.104s 4